The Florida Marlins are hoping their offensive woes are behind them.
The Marlins look to stay hot at the plate and wrap up a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field.
The Marlins beat the Devil Rays 6-2 on Saturday for their third straight victory. Carlos Delgado drove in two runs and Paul Lo Duca went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles for Florida, which has scored 21 runs over its last three games.
Florida had lost four of five before its winning streak, scoring a total of just three runs in the losses.
Juan Pierre also had three hits Saturday for the Marlins, who scored four runs in the first inning. Scott Olsen, who was called up to start in place of the injured Josh Beckett, threw 5 2-3 strong innings in his major league debut to earn the win.
Eduardo Perez homered for the Devil Rays, who have lost a season-high five straight at home.
The Devil Rays are hoping Seth McClung can cool off the Marlins’ offense in the series finale. McClung is being called up from Triple-A Durham to make his 18th appearance and first start of the season.
He went 2-0 with a 3.93 ERA at Durham.
“They say he’s been throwing the ball well,” manager Lou Piniella said. “He’s adjusting to starting better.”