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Kiermaier, Garcia lead Rays to 8-1 win over Dodgers

Wed May 22 10:34pm ET
By DICK SCANLON
Associated Press

Players: Russell Martin, Rich Hill, Tommy Pham, Kenta Maeda, Pedro Baez, Avisail Garcia, Dylan Floro, Max Muncy, Ryne Stanek, Kevin Kiermaier, Matt Duffy, Joey Wendle, Walker Buehler, Cody Bellinger, Yandy Diaz

Tampa Bay Rays opening pitcher Ryne Stanek delivers to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill follows through on a delivery to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Los Angeles Dodgers' Russell Martin ducks away from an inside pitch by Tampa Bay Rays' Yonny Chirinos during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Tampa Bay Rays' Avisail Garcia celebrates with Guillermo Heredia (54) after Garcia hit a three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy watches his sixth-inning home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Yonny Chirinos during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Tampa Bay Rays' Austin Meadows, bottom, scores ahead the throw to Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin on a single by Brandon Lowe during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Tampa Bay Rays' Avisail Garcia connects for a three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud, right, shows the ball to home plate umpire Bill Miller after tagging out Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Avisail Garcia and Kevin Kiermaier each hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to power the Tampa Bay Rays past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 on Wednesday night.

Kiermaier also made a rocket throw from center field to cut down Cody Bellinger at home plate, keeping the score tied 1-all in the sixth. Bellinger, who was aboard on a fielder's choice, failed to reach base safely for the first time in 46 starts this season. He went 0 for 4, dropping his major league-leading batting average to .394.

Tommy Pham also homered for the Rays, and Brandon Lowe singled in the go-ahead run to spark a seven-run seventh. Emilio Pagan (1-0) got four outs in relief.

Garcia's eighth homer came off Dylan Floro, who entered with a 0.44 ERA - best among NL relievers. Floro (1-1) pitched to four batters and got none of them out.

Kiermaier capped the big inning with his fourth home run, which came off left-hander Caleb Ferguson.

Pham led off the fourth with his sixth homer, an opposite-field shot off starter Rich Hill.

Max Muncy tied it with a homer in the sixth off Rays reliever Yonny Chirinos. It was Muncy's 10th homer of the season and eighth on the road.

Tampa Bay opener Ryne Stanek pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out two.

After Muncy's home run in the sixth, Bellinger kept the inning going by beating a throw to first base to prevent a double play. He tried to score the lead run on Russell Martin's two-out single, but Kiermaier threw him out.

Bellinger's 45-game on-base streak to start the season stands as the sixth-longest in major league history. The longest, 57 games, was accomplished by John Olerud of the New York Mets in 1999.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Pedro Baez will be available to pitch Friday after being hit by a line drive just below the right knee Tuesday night. ... RHP Kenta Maeda (left adductor strain) will pitch Sunday at Pittsburgh, his first start since May 15.

Rays: 3B-1B Yandy Diaz, hit on the left hand by a pitch Sunday, was out of the lineup for the second straight game. ... INF Joey Wendle, out since April 26 with a broken right wrist, had his cast removed and will increase range of motion and strengthening drills. ... Rehabbing INF Matt Duffy aggravated his strained left hamstring and will be evaluated.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (4-1, 3.83 ERA) will pitch Friday night's opener of a three-game series at Pittsburgh.

Rays: A four-game series starts Thursday night at Cleveland, where the Rays are 27-51 all-time.

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