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Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2003 11:42 PM EDT
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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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R H E
0 2 0
Florida Marlins
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2 5 0
W Willis (7-1)
L Standridge (0-2)
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FLORIDA 2, TAMPA BAY 0 (5 INNINGS, RAIN)
 

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Rookie Dontrelle Willis did not have his best stuff, but still was virtually unhittable until the rain arrived.

Willis gave up just two hits and Juan Encarnacion and Derrek Lee had back-to-back RBI doubles in the fourth inning as the Florida Marlins recorded a rain-shortened 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays .

Willis (7-1) improved to 6-0 with a 0.84 ERA in his last six starts, including a one-hitter - the first by a rookie in franchise history - over the New York Mets on Monday.

The lefthander, who retired the final eight batters he faced when rain halted play three pitches into the sixth inning, improved to 4-0 with a 1.06 ERA in five home starts.

"My timing was kind of off," Willis said. "I was close, but not as sharp as I have been. That's going to happen, you have to battle through it. It was just one of those days."

Willis extended his home scoreless streak to 26 innings.

"He wasn't quite as sharp as he usually is," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "But you're happy with the end result. It's unfortunate you couldn't play the nine innings, but that's part of the game."

The Devil Rays were disappointed they did not have a better opportunity against their intrastate rival. The game was called after a wait of just under two hours.

"They waited a couple of hours, the weather forecast was terrible. We just can't catch a break," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said.

"He appeared deceptive with the high leg kick," Devil Rays right fielder Aubrey Huff said. "(He) kind of threw you off a little bit. Nothing really fancy, just fastball, curveball. He's the kind of guy if you see him enough, you should be able to get him."

The game was scoreless with two outs in the fourth when Encarnacion doubled to deep left field, driving in Ivan Rodriguez . Lee followed with a two-base hit to left field for a 2-0 lead.

Tampa Bay starter Jason Standridge (0-2) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, but the Devil Rays lost for the 13th time in 15 games.

"That's the way it's been for us all year," Huff said. "It seems like every game all year long, we've had bad luck - something goes wrong, a bad bounce. ... We just haven't had the horseshoe on our side all year."

The Marlins also won the series opener Friday.


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