Andy Sonnanstine came to the plate five times Friday night, a reflection of how well he pitched _ and how well his teammates hit.

Sonnanstine allowed only five baserunners and one run in six innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays had three homers among their 17 hits to beat the Florida Marlins 15-2.

The Rays scored eight runs in the first two innings off Ricky Nolasco. They batted around in the second inning and again in the third to take a 13-0 lead.

After the game, Nolasco (2-5) was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. The Marlins' opening-day starter has an ERA of 9.07.

By the third, every Rays starter _ Sonnanstine included _ had a hit. By the sixth, manager Joe Maddon had four reserves in the game. By the ninth, Marlins outfielder Ross Gload was on the mound.

Gload walked the first two batters but allowed no hits or runs.

Gabe Gross hit a two-run homer and a two-run double, and Carlos Pena and Dioner Navarro also homered. Jason Bartlett drove in three runs with a double and a bases-loaded walk.

Sonnanstine came into the game with the highest lifetime average of any pitcher with at least 10 at-bats. He went 1 for 4 with a walk, scored twice and is now batting .333 (6 for 18).

Sonnanstine (3-4) lowered his ERA this season to 6.60. Dale Thayer made his major-league debut and allowed one run in three innings for a save.

For Florida, it was a sour start to the annual intrastate Citrus Series. After three innings the Marlins had thrown 119 pitches, and they finished with 225, allowing nine walks.

Tampa Bay's 15 runs matched a season high and were the most allowed by Florida this year.

Nolasco pitched on three days' rest for the first time in his career, and the result was his briefest stint as a starter since Aug. 25, 2006. He was coming off a 76-pitch effort Monday in a game called because of rain.

The rout took some sting out of setbacks earlier in the day for the Rays, who placed starter Scott Kazmir (quadriceps) and closer Troy Percival (shoulder) on the disabled list.

They won for the sixth time in eight games. With a victory Saturday, the defending AL champions will climb above .500 for the first time since April 13.

Florida is 8-23 since an 11-1 start, in large part because the rotation has been a disappointment. The starters' ERA of 5.32 is third-worst in the NL.

Left-hander Sean West will be selected from Double-A Jacksonville to start Saturday's game in his major-league debut.

One thing the Marlins can do is homer. Hanley Ramirez hit his eighth for the Marlins, who have homered in 10 consecutive games.

The Rays had eight runs before the Marlins had a hit. Bartlett hit a two-out, two-run double in the first, and Tampa Bay scored six times on six hits in the second. Navarro hit a two-run homer, Evan Longoria doubled home two runs and Pena followed with a two-run homer, his 15th, to make the score 8-0.

Tampa Bay scored five times on four hits and four walks in the third against David Davidson. After the game he was designated for assignment, and the Marlins will recall right-hander Chris Leroux from Jacksonville on Saturday.

Notes:@ The Marlins recalled C Brett Hayes from Triple-A New Orleans, and he singled in his first big-league at-bat in the ninth. ... Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez will miss Saturday's game to attend the graduation of his daughter from high school in Atlanta. Bench coach Carlos Tosca will fill in for Gonzalez. ... Former hockey great Gordie Howe threw out the first pitch.