If starter Anibal Sanchez can't improve on his recent starts, things may not get much better for Miami.
Sanchez has allowed four or more runs in three of his last four starts, which includes a loss to Tampa Bay on June 10.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen knows pitching is key, and he said he's happy with how his starters have held up for the most part for his team, which has lost nine of its last 10 games, but his offense needs a jumpstart.
"As long as they stay the same, we're going to have a chance," Guillen said. "In the meanwhile, when we were playing good, our offense was good enough. It wasn't great, but it was good enough. When they punched us, we punched back. Now, it seems like when they punch us, we're back on the ropes trying to survive. Punch back. That's what I want from them."
Tampa Bay starter James Shields has other plans and looks to pick up his second win against Miami after facing the club on June 10. He pitched 6 1/3 innings of one-run baseball on four hits, three walks and five strikeouts.
"I felt I was back on track, so hopefully I can get a little roll going," Shields said about his previous performance.
"Hopefully I didn't throw all my bags of tricks at them last game."
He'll look to build off the solid start Matt Moore had in the first game of the series, which featured seven shutout innings and eight strikeouts with just three walks and a single hit against him.
Marlins: Ramirez questionable with nose injury
Third baseman Hanley Ramirez was a late scratch in Friday's series opener after being hit in the nose while in the batting cages.
Donovan Solano filled in his place and went 1-for-3 in the game. If Ramirez is unable to play again in Saturday's game, Solano is likely to be his substitute.
Ramirez is batting .259 on the season with 11 homers, 37 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.
Rays: Zobrist beats up on Marlins
Tampa Bay utility man Ben Zobrist extended his hitting streak to six games -- including five straight multi-hit games -- Friday when he went 2-for-3 with a walk and a homer.
He's been particularly dangerous against the Marlins though, going 9-for-14 in four games this season, including three round trippers and six RBIs.
The strong play has helped him earn a .342 batting average in June after hitting .205 in April and .202 in May.
"I just feel a lot more comfortable at the plate, and I feel like my hands are working and seeing all the pitches well," Zobrist said.
Carlos Pena drew four walks in Friday's game and scored after each of them.
The Rays have won all four of the matchups between the two teams and clinched their fourth Citrus Series in the last five.