The Rays will lean on Jake Odorizzi on Thursday at Tropicana Field in the hopes that they can salvage the last game of their series against the Marlins and end their nine-game losing streak. Jacob Turner will take the mound for Miami.
In several of his outings this year, Odorizzi has had single innings in which he's thrown 30-40 pitches. It happened again in his last start Saturday against the Red Sox, who forced him to throw 41 pitches in their three-run third as seven batters came to the plate.
Odorizzi exited the game with 84 pitches in 3 1/3 innings.
"I don't really think there's anything you can do. Make pitches. That's about all you can do," Odorizzi said. "There's not really an approach that I can take that's a formula for, 'Hey, they're going to put this pitch in play and you're going to have a low pitch count.'"
Meanwhile, Turner is also coming off a loss. The Braves took advantage of four walks and put five runs up on the righty in five innings Saturday.
Turner is 1-3 with a 5.23 ERA in six starts since returning from a stint on the disabled list with a shoulder sprain. Batters are hitting .328 against him. Even though the Rays have one of the worst team averages in the league (.243), Turner will ignore that detail when he takes the ball on Thursday.
"They've got a good lineup from top to bottom," the 23-year-old said. "Once they get guys on base, they like to put a lot of pressure on you, so I think the biggest thing is just getting ahead and staying ahead -- really keeping your foot down against them.
"They've got the type of lineup that, once they get some guys on base, things can start to snowball if you're not careful. With a lot of the guys that they have, pitching ahead is gonna be crucial."
Marlins: Rookies waiting in the wings
The Marlins have made several roster moves in the last few days. Between signings and players landing on the disabled list, Miami had to reach into its Minor League system to find stand-ins. Now, two players on the 25-man roster are waiting to make their Major League debut -- catcher J.T. Realmuto and first baseman Justin Bour.
Bour took the place of Derek Dietrich, who was sent to Triple-A New Orleans after Tuesday's win. Bour joined the team Wednesday at Tropicana Field and could make an appearance in Thursday's series finale.
Realmuto joined the Marlins on Sunday and has yet to catch an inning.
"I haven't decided 100 percent yet [if Realmuto will start on Thursday]," Mike Redmond said before Wednesday's Miami victory. "Maybe after the game I'll decide. But I'm kind of leaning toward that way."
Rays: Slumping bats
The Rays' current nine-game losing streak is their longest since an 11-game slide since Sept. 3-13, 2009. It is the second-longest streak in the Major Leagues this season behind the Red Sox, who lost 10 straight from May 15-25.
The offense hasn't helped. Tampa Bay had a .217/.270/.337 line and was outscored, 40-17, in its previous eight losses entering Wednesday.
• After falling at Marlins Park on Tuesday night, the Rays have lost 10 straight road games while being outscored, 52-19. They have had only two longer skids: 13 in 2002, and 12 in '06.
• Chris Archer's seven innings against the Marlins in Tuesday night's 1-0 loss made him the first Rays starter -- other than David Price -- to complete seven innings since right-hander Alex Cobb did it on April 12 at Cincinnati.
• Miami's Carter Capps was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday. But after consulting with elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews, the reliever was informed he wouldn't need Tommy John surgery. When Capps was first sidelined on May 27, there was concern surgery would be necessary.
Maria Torres is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.