Tampa Bay (15-28) at Miami (22-16)

Fair Currently: Miami Gardens, FL
Temp: 65° F
  • Game info: 6:05 pm EDT Sat May 21, 2005
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Florida third baseman Mike Lowell to continue putting his offensive struggles are behind him as the Marlins resume a three-game interleague series with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Dolphins Stadium.

Lowell entered Friday’s game with a dismal .180 batting average and was in the midst of a 2-for-28 slump. However, he went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in the Marlins’ 7-6 win.

“I saw the ball well tonight, I think I had consistent at-bats,” Lowell said. “It’s baby steps, you know. I just want to have one good at-bat, and then try to have the next one.”

Lowell, who hit .293 last season with 27 homers, has just two homers this year. He was benched for consecutive games on Sunday and Monday and left Wednesday’s game at Los Angeles after being hit in the face by a foul ball.

However, Lowell hit a two-run single in the first and an RBI double in the fifth and made a diving catch of Nick Green’s line drive in the sixth inning of Friday’s win.

Paul Lo Duca also doubled and drove in three runs for the Marlins, who took a half-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Florida has won three of four since dropping three straight.

Damon Hollins hit a two-run homer and Julio Lugo also drove in two runs for the Devil Rays, who have lost seven of their last nine. Aubrey Huff had three hits for Tampa Bay.

“This road trip, we’ve been in every game we’ve played—we just don’t seem to find the formula to win them,” said manager Lou Piniella, whose team is 2-6 on a 10-game trip. “Our starting pitching, we’ve got to get better with it.”

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11-8 Record 12-12
5.90 ERA 3.44
89 K 198
49 BB 79
1.55 WHIP 1.26