by Alan Spector

The Miami Marlins stumbled out of the gate, starting the season at 3-11.

But they've rebounded quickly and have won nine out of 10 and are back at .500 with a record of 12-12.

The Marlins' latest victory came at Miami on Saturday, a 7-0 shutout of Philadelphia.

"You give all those guys in that room the credit," said manager Mike Redmond.  "They've gone out there and grinded it out together and put a nice streak together."

Dan Haren (3-1) picked up the win, giving up just four hits in six innings while striking out four and walking none.

The offensive star of the game was Martin Prado, who homered and drove in four runs. 

And Miami second baseman Dee Gordon continued his hot hitting, going three-for-three with two walks, stealing two bases and scoring three runs.   It was the sixth consecutive multi-hit game for Gordon, who leads the majors with a batting average of .440.

In other state sports news...

  • The relocated Rays-Orioles series continued Saturday at Tropicana Field with Tampa Bay as the road team in its own ballpark.  An announced crowd of 12,779 saw the Rays come up empty, blanked by Baltimore, 4-0.  Miguel Gonzalez (3-1)  pitched 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball and Brad Brach got the final four outs to pick up the save and preserve the shutout.
  • As the NFL Draft concluded with the final four rounds at Chicago on Saturday, Tampa Bay made a trade to select LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander with the No. 25 pick in the fourth round.  The Bucs used their final three selections on two wide receivers and a running back.  The Miami Dolphins drafted five players on Saturday, including Boise State running back Jay Ajayi.  The Jacksonville Jaguars also picked up five players; Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher calls the Jags' draft of Seminoles wide receiver Rashad Greene in the fifth round "a steal."