MLB: Florida 14, Tampa Bay 8

June 9, 2007 at 1:17 AM

MIAMI, June 9 (UPI) -- Jeremy Hermida started Florida's comeback with a grand slam Friday night and the Marlins poured it on to defeat Tampa Bay, 14-8.

The Devil Rays owned an 8-2 lead through four innings and then saw Florida score 12 times in a span of three frames. The Marlins climbed to the .500 mark for the first time in a month.

Hermida brought Florida within 8-6 with his grand slam in the fifth and the Marlins took a 9-8 lead in the sixth when Aaron Boone drew a bases-loaded walk.

Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro was carried off the field on a stretcher in the sixth after he was hit in the throat by a pitch from Brian Stokes that bounced in front of the plate.

The Marlins added five runs in the seventh, with Josh Willingham hitting a three-run triple.

Stokes (2-6) was removed from the game after his pitch struck Navarro and the Tampa Bay bull pen collapsed.

Justin Miller (2-0) threw one inning of relief to get the victory.

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