It only figures to get worse for them in 2013.
The Rays look to take advantage of baseball's worst team in the first of four straight against Miami on Monday.
These in-state foes play two games at Tropicana Field before a pair in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Marlins (13-37) are off to the worst start in franchise history and the poorest in the majors since the 2006 Kansas City Royals had the same record. No NL team has started this slowly since the 1987 San Diego Padres were 11-39.
They averaged 3.0 runs in losing nine of 12 over the last two years to Tampa Bay (25-24) in the 'Citrus Series.'
Those Marlins teams were poor offensively, with the 2011 club averaging 3.9 runs and last year's 3.8. That's a far cry from what Miami is producing this year - 2.6 runs per game.
The last teams to average fewer than three runs were the 1972 Texas Rangers (2.99) and 1972 California Angels (2.93).
Miami has been particularly bad offensively while losing 15 of 18, batting .207 with just six homers and averaging 1.9 runs.
"You put up eight runs against the Yankees, definitely something good, but the `W' is all that matters," Rodriguez said.
Evan Longoria had a quiet weekend series with three hits in 13 at-bats, and he's gone five straight games without an RBI. He has never enjoyed much success against the Marlins, hitting .227 in 24 games.
Longoria and the Rays will get their first look at Miami starter Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.31), a right-hander who is limiting hitters to a .215 average.
Fernandez is 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA over his last five starts, yielding one run over five innings Tuesday in a 7-3 home defeat to Philadelphia.
"Every time I can go out there and give the team a chance to win and a chance to stay in the ballgame, I'm happy," Fernandez said.
Tampa Bay will also start a rookie right-hander in Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 5.40), who gave up three runs over five innings last Monday in his club debut in a 7-5 loss at Toronto.
Odorizzi, whose previous big-league experience consists of two starts for Kansas City in 2012, is taking the place in the rotation of the injured David Price .
One young player who may have some extra incentive for the Marlins is Derek Dietrich , drafted in the second round by the Rays in 2010. Dietrich was traded to Miami on Dec. 4, 2012, in a deal that brought Yunel Escobar - acquired by the Marlins a month earlier in the Josh Johnson deal - to Tampa Bay.
Dietrich, hitting .232 overall but with two homers in his last three games, was promoted to the major leagues on May 8 for Miami.
The Marlins have dropped five straight after scoring seven runs over the weekend in a three-game set against the White Sox.
|May 19, 2013||Matt Diaz||15-Day DL||Left knee bone contusion|
|May 08, 2013||Chris Valaika||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
|May 06, 2013||Donovan Solano||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal muscle|
|April 30, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 29, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right hamstring|
|April 28, 2013||Joe Mahoney||15-Day DL||Hamstring strain|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|May 16, 2013||David Price||15-Day DL||Left triceps strain|
|May 15, 2013||David Price||Day-to-Day||Left tricep tightness|
|May 08, 2013||Brandon Gomes||15-Day DL||Strained right lat|
|May 04, 2013||Yunel Escobar||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
|April 27, 2013||Jose Molina||Day-to-Day||Knee|
|April 25, 2013||Yunel Escobar||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- This is the most productive month of Kelly Johnson 's career, and Monday was the most productive day.
Johnson became the first player in Tampa Bay history to hit two three-run homers in the same game, and the Rays needed them in a 10-6 victory against the Miami Marlins .
"Kelly drove the offensive engine today," manager Joe Maddon said.
The Rays nearly squandered an early six-run lead, and sent Miami to its sixth straight loss.
Johnson, who has 24 RBIs in 21 games this month, also doubled, singled and stole a base. He matched his career highs for RBIs and hits during his eighth multihomer game, and first since May 30, 2011, against the Marlins while with Arizona.
"I feel good and I feel confident," Johnson said. "You're always searching for something that's going to let you feel confident and you try to just roll with it. It could be daily, weekly. That's the way baseball is. I'm not going to sit here and try to figure it out."
Johnson homered off rookie Jose Fernandez (2-3) in a six-run second inning. He then broke open the game by hitting his 10th home run of the season in the eighth against A.J. Ramos.
The win made the Rays even with the Marlins at 43-43 in the all-time interleague series.
Jake Odorizzi , making his second start for the Rays, gave up eight hits and six runs and couldn't get through the fifth inning to qualify for the win.
"It's very frustrating not to be able to get through the fifth inning when the team gets you six runs," he said. "The offense was awesome today, the bullpen was phenomenal. Kelly did an awesome job today. It's just frustrating to know that I wasn't anywhere near my best stuff."
Jake McGee (2-2) got the victory after pitching two scoreless innings of relief.
The 20-year-old Fernandez, pitching across the bay from where he pitched in high school in Tampa two years ago, pitched 3 1-3 innings, giving up five hits, three walks and four earned runs while striking out six.
After fanning three Rays in the first inning, Fernandez walked the first two batters in the second, then hit Desmond Jennings with a pitch.
Jose Molina drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Yunel Escobar drove in another run with the Rays' first hit, and after Ben Zobrist reached on an error, Johnson made it 6-0 with his home run.
"I wasn't nervous. I was a little pumped up. I was trying to do a little too much, maybe," Fernandez said. "You're going to have rough games and you're going to have good days. So try to get it more good than bad."
The Marlins, who came into the game with a .221 team batting average, collected 10 hits in the first five innings, including Justin Ruggiano 's eighth home run.
Greg Dobbs had two hits and drove in two runs for the Marlins, who had cut Tampa Bay's early six-run margin to one before Johnson hit his second homer.
"We never lost the lead. That was important to us," said Maddon, who has seen his starting pitchers and bullpen give away several big leads this season. "That's the one thing I always try to look at. Once you've lost the lead or even if it gets tied, that puts it back in their corner a little bit, so I thought Jake (McGee) was really important.
"We keep making this way more dramatic than it needs to be," he said.
NOTES: Tampa Bay LHP David Price (left triceps strain) resumed playing catch, making 35 throws before the game. ... Marlins manager Mike Redmond said OF Giancarlo Stanton (right hamstring strain) continues hitting and has incorporated light running into his rehab program. ... Miami 1B Logan Morrison (right knee inflammation) is joining Double-A Jacksonville after playing for Class A Jupiter. Marlins INF Donovan Solano (left intercostal strain) is scheduled to start batting practice Tuesday. ... Rays manager Joe Maddon dropped leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings to seventh to "get his plate discipline back." ... The Marlins put RHP Alex Sanabia (right groin) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled LHP Dan Jennings from Triple-A New Orleans.