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Rays Vs. Marlins Recap: Tampa Bay Takes Series Opener, 5-1

The Tampa Bay Rays opened their interleague weekend series on Friday night with a 5-1 win at Marlins Park. Tampa starter Jeremy Hellickson somehow danced around seven walks to allow just one run in 4.1 innings of work. Miami continually failed to capitalize on Hellickson's wildness, with Greg Dobbs bringing home Omar Infante in the third for the Marlins only run.

Five separate Rays knocked in each of their runs in a spate of one-run innings that built the lead. Miami starter Ricky Nolasco gave up three runs while reliever Ryan Webb allowed two and recorded just one out. Batting third, Matt Joyce had a monster night. He drew two walks and scored two runs while also ripping two hits, including a solo homer to right in the fifth inning.

Tampa will try to take the series on Saturday with Matt Moore on the mound. Ozzie Guillen will counter with Carlos Zambrano.

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