Kyle Barraclough was due for a hiccup. Overdue.
On the same day he was honored as the National League's Reliever of the Month for June, Barraclough gave up his first run since May 8 -- a two-out, game-tying double in the ninth by C.J. Cron.
But it didn't keep the Marlins from a victory.
Yadiel Rivera's infield single in the 10th gave the Marlins a 3-2 win over the Rays in the first game of the Citrus Series.
"Obviously you don't want to give up runs," Barraclough said. "But when you look back at it, it's nice to give up runs in wins than give up runs in losses. If I had given up another one, or we end up losing that game, it probably hurts a lot more."
The last-gasp heroics by Cron off one of the toughest relievers in the majors ruined Chen's bid to record his third win on a night he was outstanding. Chen gave up just three hits, walked none, and held the Rays to an unearned run. It was only the second time as a Marlin that Chen went at least six innings, gave up three or fewer hits, and did not allow an unearned run.
He didn’t have much to work with, either.
The Marlins managed only two runs off Nathan Eovaldi, with the biggest of those coming on J.T. Realmuto’s go-ahead homer in the fifth.
Realmuto finally cracked the Top 5 in All-Star voting on Monday, but only barely, checking in at fifth in the latest voting update. But he again showed why he deserves better, cracking his 11th homer with two outs in the fifth.
The Rays scored their first run following a Starlin Castro fielding error.
Castro and Miguel Rojas, who drove in the Marlins' only other run, combined for seven of the team's 12 total hits, with Castro going 4 for 4 and Rojas going 3 for 4.
But the close-to-unhittable Barraclough failed to protect a one-run lead in the ninth. After giving up a leadoff single to Daniel Robertson, only the second hit allowed by the reliever since May 22, he retired the next two batters to bring up Cron. Cron stroked a 1-1 slider into the left field corner to score the runner from first.
That ended Barraclough's stretch of 20 1/3 scoreless innings and gave the Rays fresh life. but it was short-lived as the Marlins recorded their first extra-inning win since May 1.
"That's the bad thing about talking about a guy before the game, and how good it's been going," manager Don Mattingly said of Barraclough's June award. "Because in the back of my mind I'm always thinking, it always ends somewhere. A streak always ends somewhere."
With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, Barraclough's name is already starting to pop up in trade rumors.
"This time of year, there are so many rumors that go around," Mattingly said. "When people are writing stuff, they think we're not trying to win. We're going to be trying to win, too. We're not here to help everybody else's team."
Brian Anderson walked to start the 10th and advanced to third on a Realmuto single. That brought up Rivera, who slapped a high-hopper to third that scored Anderson.
-- Monday marked only the second time in Marlins Park history that the roof was open for a game in July.
NOTES: The Marlins signed 10 players -- three of them shortstops -- during the first day of the international signing period on Monday.
“As was the plan with the (amateur) draft, we wanted to target middle of the field-type players in the international market,” said Fernando Seguignol, the Marlins’ director of international operations.
Those who signed Monday with the Marlins: shortstop Raul Campos (Dominican Republic), shortstop Isaac De Leon (Dominican Republic), shortstop Cristhian Rodriguez (Venezuela), catcher Ene Leon (Venezuela), center fielder Jhonny Melenciano (Dominican Republic), center fielder Yoelvis Sanchez (Dominican Republic), left-handed pitcher Erick Carrasco (Dominican Republic), right-handed pitcher Breidy Encarnacion (Dominican Republic), right-handed pitcher Luis Lopez (Panama) and right-handed pitcher Jorge Mercedes (Dominican Republic).