Marlins' offensive funk continues

Associated Press Modified: June 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm •  Published: June 17, 2012
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Miami manager Ozzie Guillen thinks a more simple approach is the key for his team to break out of an offensive funk.

Alex Cobb pitched two-hit ball for seven innings, B.J. Upton homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Marlins 3-0 on Sunday.

"See the ball, hit the ball and have some fun playing baseball," Guillen said. "Just be aggressive."

Tampa Bay rookie Matt Moore and two relievers combined on a one-hitter in an 11-0 win over the Marlins on Friday night.

"We do everything that's possible you can do to prepare them to play," Guillen said. "You've got to execute. This game is about execution. You don't execute, then you're going to fail. I'm not saying they're not trying, I'm not saying they don't care, they do. We all do."

Cobb (3-3), who had lost his previous three starts, struck out a career-high 10, walked one and hit a batter. He allowed only Gaby Sanchez's third-inning ground single to center until Greg Dobbs had a two-out single in the seventh.

"As tough as it is to go through something like this, because we all know we're better, ballclubs go through that," Dobbs said. "Just realize that it's not going to last forever. I think as a whole we need to just relax, trust that we can get it done and trust in the process of how to get it done."

After Joel Peralta worked a perfect inning, Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 19th save and to complete the two-hitter.

Upton put the Rays up 1-0 on a first-inning leadoff homer. It was his first home run since May 22.

Josh Johnson (4-5) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings for the Marlins, who have dropped 10 of 12. He had gone 4-1 over his previous seven starts.



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