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Tampa Bay Rays lose to Marlins despite three more hits by Logan Morrison

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Hey, didn’t you used to be Logan Morrison?

You know, the guy who was hitting .119 after 28 games? The guy who didn’t have a home run? The guy who didn’t have an RBI?

These days, it’s a different Morrison who plays for the Rays. He’s hit .556 over his last eight games, and he’s brought his season average up to .225. He has seven RBI in his last seven games.

Alas, three more hits by Morrison could not lift the Rays Wednesday night. Cole Gillespie hit a run-scoring single in the eighth inning to lead Miami to a 4-3 victory. It left the Rays two games under .500 at 21-23.

Morrison had two singles and a two-run homer that tied the score at 3 in the sixth.

Matt Andriese pitched six innings for the Rays, giving up eight hits and three earned runs. Six players, however, had two hits each for the Marlins.

The teams play again today at 12:30. Drew Smiley pitches for the Rays against Jose Fernandez.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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