St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - It may have been Memorial Day, but Kelly Johnson's bat didn't take a holiday at Tropicana Field.
The Tampa Bay Rays jumped out to a sizeable lead before eventually prevailing against the Miami Marlins by a 10-6 score.
Johnson clubbed a pair of three-run homers as part of a 4-for-5 performance on Monday afternoon. He provided the big blow during the Rays' six-run second inning against Miami starter Jose Fernandez, but the Marlins rallied for three runs in both the fourth and fifth frames to close the gap to 7-6. Johnson, however, iced the game with his second blast off A.J. Ramos in the eighth.
The Rays and Marlins played the first of four straight against one another. These in-state foes will play again at Tropicana Field before the Citrus Series shifts to Marlins Park on Wednesday and Thursday.