For 37 consecutive games, Donovan Solano arrived at the ballpark, looked at the lineup card, and confirmed his name was not among the starting nine. That run ended Wednesday, but another continued. Solano's three-run, third-inning homer was the difference in a Citrus Series-clinching 5-4 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field. The Marlins, who have won three straight over their "natural" interleague rival, had not claimed a Citrus Series since 2010, when they took four of six. "I want to play every single day," Solano said. "The manager gave me the opportunity to try to have fun in that game. I know I had a lot of time without playing, so just have fun." Thanks in part to an Ed Lucas error at third and Jose Molina walk, the Rays loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth off closer Steve Cishek. He induced a pair of groundouts and intentionally walked Evan Longoria to re-load the bases before getting James Loney on a game-ending popout. The Marlins were dumbfounded that Kevin Kiermaier did not bolt home from third on the Ben Zobrist chopper to first that result in the second out.
Solano homer bails out Koehler, helps clinch Citrus Series
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jun 5