by Tom Morgan

Cole Gillespie had a late tie-breaking RBI single, Marcell Ozuna drove in a pair of runs and the Miami Marlins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Miami took a 4-3 lead in the eighth when J.T. Realmuto singled, went to second on Chris Johnson's sacrifice bunt and scored on Gillespie's single off 30-year old Tyler Sturdevant, who made his major league debut Tuesday.

Kyle Barraclough got two outs in the seventh to get the win. David Phelps allowed a single but struck out three in the eighth before A.J. Ramos pitched the ninth to record his 15th save.

Logan Morrison had three hits, including a homer, and three RBIs for the Rays.

Starters Justin Nicolino of Miami, who went 5 2/3 innings, and Matt Andriese of Tampa Bay, who went 6, did not figure in the decision. 

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from the game with right side soreness.

In other state sports news...

  • The Lightning have done this before. The Penguins haven't done it for a while. The teams meet in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night with a berth in the Stanley Cup Final on the line.  The Lightning will try to make it to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year.
  • The Florida Panthers traded defenseman Erik Gudbranson to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night for forward Jared McCann. Gudbranson spent all five of his NHL seasons with the Panthers. He had 11 goals and 32 assists in 309 games with Florida this past season.
  • Jordan Romero knocked home the go-ahead run with a pinch-hit single in the 14th inning and LSU beat Florida 5-3 in a Southeastern Conference tournament marathon that ended early Thursday morning. The game lasted just over 5 hours, making it the longest game in SEC tournament history in terms of time.
  • At the ACC tournament in Durham, N.C.,  FSU used a four-run eighth inning to beat  North Carolina State 7-3 in Wednesday's pool play. Number-one seed Miami rode the pitching of Jesse Lepore to a 4-0 win over Georgia Tech. Lepore allowed three hits in six scoreless innings.
  • Brooks Morgan clouted a walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning as UCF rallied to beat Cincinnati 7-6 Wednesday night in the American Conference tournament in Clearwater.
  • Daytona 500 champion Benny Parsons and long-time driver and former Daytona Beach resident Mark Martin were named to the 2017 class for the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Car owners Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress and Raymond Parks also were voted in.