Scott Cousins' bat was a welcome addition to Miami's sputtering lineup.
The center fielder had his first hits in more than a year, going 3 for 7 and delivering an RBI triple in the 15th inning that sent the Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.
Former Ray Justin Ruggiano doubled with one out and raced home when Cousins, playing his second game since being recalled from the minors, sent a pitch from Brandon Gomes (1-2) down the right-field line.
Cousins also doubled and scored in the second and singled in the third while setting a career high with three hits. His previous hit was a pinch-hit single during the seventh inning of the Marlins' 3-2 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 27, 2011.
Cousins had gone 0 for 14 in his previous 14 games and had a total of three hits over his previous 35 games combined.
''It was great. Hopefully I can be that piece that gets the cylinders running,'' Cousins said. ''I was able to do my part tonight, thankfully. Definitively a collective effort. The pitching kept us in this one. The pitching was awesome.''
Ryan Webb (3-1) pitched three scoreless innings for the victory. Heath Bell struck out the side for his 14th save in 18 opportunities for Miami, which won for just the second time in its last 11 games.
''I think it was a pretty big win,'' Bell said. ''It could be a turning point for us.''
The Marlins beat their intrastate rivals for the first time in five meetings this year, ending an eight-game losing streak in the annual Citrus Series dating to May 2011. It was Tampa Bay's longest winning streak ever against a NL opponent.
''A big game for us,'' Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. ''Every time you play a game like that, 14, 15, 16 innings and you come out winning, people come out of the ballpark very excited and ready for the next day.''