ST. PETERSBURG. (AP) - Anibal Sanchez pitched seven solid innings and Gaby Sanchez homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs Friday night, leading the Florida Marlins to a 14-9 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of the Citrus Series.
The Marlins beat their intrastate rivals for just the third time in 13 tries over the past three seasons, handing Rays starter James Shields (5-5) his fourth consecutive loss while Anibal Sanchez (6-3) won for the fifth time in six starts.
Gaby Sanchez had four hits, including a three-run homer off Shields, who matched a career high by allowing 10 runs over 3 1/3 innings - the right-hander's shortest outing of the season. The Marlins first baseman also had a sacrifice fly in the fifth and two-run homer in the seventh.
Anibal Sanchez yielded a two-run double to B.J. Upton and a solo homer to Carlos Pena, who tied a Rays record by going deep for the fifth consecutive game. Pena, who's batting .196, has six homers during the streak.
The Marlins went 1-5 against Tampa Bay each of the past two seasons, and the Rays have won seven of the last nine series between the teams at Tropicana Field, where the first of this year's six interleague meetings drew a crowd of 19,338.
Gaby Sanchez's second homer, a two-run shot off Andy Sonnanstine, put Florida up 14-3.
Anibal Sanchez allowed four runs and seven hits. He walked three and struck out four.