Rookie Shane Baz pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings to win his second straight begin and the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Sunday for his or her team-record 14th sequence sweep.

Baz (2-0), a 22-year-old right-hander who was on the U.S. Olympic group, allowed three hits, struck out 9 and walked one. He gave up two runs and two hits — each homers — over 5 innings to beat Toronto in his massive league debut on Sept. 20 following his call-up from Triple-A Durham.

Baz is attempting to earn a postseason roster spot.

“I’m just trying to pitch as well as I can, and leave it up to everybody else,” Baz mentioned. “Trying to just not think about that at all.”

Nelson Cruz had two RBIs for the Rays, who on Saturday evening clinched their second consecutive division title and fourth since 2008. The defending AL champions at 97-59 are additionally closing on securing the most effective report within the league.

“They play extremely hard,” Marlins supervisor Don Mattingly mentioned. (*5*)

Tampa Bay is a franchise-best 38 video games over .500 and matched the 2008 AL championship group for many wins in a season.

Rays rookie Wander Franco doubled within the first off Jesús Luzardo to increase his on-base streak to 41 video games, two from tying Frank Robinson in 1956 for the longest stretch by a participant underneath 21.

Nick Anderson, the third Tampa Bay reliever, acquired his first save this season regardless of permitting Lewin Díaz’s leadoff homer within the ninth. The Rays have had a significant league-record 14 pitchers incomes save this season.

Anderson, final yr’s nearer, began the season on the IL with a sprained proper elbow and did not return from the injured listing till Sept. 12.

Miami acquired an run-scoring double from Eddy Alvarez, Baz’s Olympic teammate. The Marlins are 3-17 in interleague play after getting into the season with 212 interleague victories, fourth-most within the majors.

Baz retired his first 9 batters, six on strikeouts, earlier than Jazz Chisholm Jr. opened the fourth with a floor ball single to middle. Chisholm additionally doubled within the sixth.

“He’s a tremendous pitcher, he’s a tremendous friend, he’s a tremendous person. he’s a great teammate,” Franco mentioned by an interpreter. “We’ve been able to play together a lot in the minor leagues and I think that talent that he’s got he’s going to be able to play for a long time.”

Franco scored on Yandy Díaz’s sacrifice fly throughout a two-run first. He tripled in opposition to Zach Pop in fifth and scored to make it 3-0 on Cruz’s single. Cruz additionally had a first-inning sacrifice fly.

Alvarez made it 3-1 on his double within the seventh off JT Chargois. Josh Fleming, recalled from Durham on Saturday after being despatched down in late August to covert from beginning to relieving, entered with two on and two outs and acquired a first-pitch grounder from Chisholm.

Luzardo (5-9) gave up two runs, two hits, two walks with 5 strikeouts over 4 innings.

REUNION

Alvarez struck out on a 3-2 pitch within the third and hit a fifth-inning opposite-field fly ball on the warning observe in left in opposition to Baz.

FINAL WEEK

The Rays finish the common season with a six-game journey at Houston and the New York Yankees, two potential playoff opponents.

“You’re talking about two clubs that we could be seeing and workloads that we’ve tried to balance all season long with pitchers,” Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Cash mentioned. “There will be a lot of discussion game to game on not letting these guys get too many looks at our pitchers but also the balance of resting guys and freshening them up.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: SS Miguel Rojas (toe) didn’t play. … RHP Pablo López (proper rotator cuff) had a 21-pitch bullpen session.

Rays: LHP Cody Reed (thoracic outlet syndrome surgical procedure) struck out two in a scoreless inning Saturday evening for Triple-A Durham. He has given two hits and fanned seven over 4 shutout innings in 4 rehab video games. … RHP Matt Wisler (proper center finger irritation) threw off a bullpen mound.

UP NEXT

Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers (7-8) will begin one recreation of a doubleheader Tuesday on the New York Mets.

Rays: RHP Michael Wacha (3-5) will face Houston on Tuesday evening.