ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A.J. Burnett threw a two-hitter for his first shutout since 2002, leading the Florida Marlins to a three-game sweep with a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday.

Burnett (5-5) allowed only a third-inning single to Jonny Gomes before Nick Green tripled with one out in the sixth. Green was stranded when Burnett retired Kevin Cash and Carl Crawford on grounders.

The right-hander struck out seven and walked two in his seventh career shutout and third complete game this season. He has won 42 games for the Marlins, tying Ryan Dempster for second place on the team’s career list. Brad Penny holds the top spot with 48 victories.

Burnett fanned five of his final eight batters for his first shutout since Aug. 18, 2002, at San Francisco. He has 13 career complete games, including a no-hitter on May 12, 2001, against San Diego.

The Marlins, who scored on Miguel Cabrera’s bases-loaded walk, won all six interleague games against Tampa Bay. They have beaten the Devil Rays seven straight times dating to last season.

Seth McClung (0-3) gave up just two hits in seven innings for Tampa Bay, which won three of four at Yankee Stadium before returning home to play Florida. The right-hander, who began the season in the bullpen before being sent to the minors, was recalled from Triple-A Durham before the game.

The Devil Rays finished interleague play at 3-15, matching their mark of two years ago. Tampa Bay was 15-3 against the NL last season.

Florida loaded the bases with one out in the third, but scored just once on Cabrera’s walk. McClung threw 40 pitches in the inning, walking three and allowing one hit.

McClung finished with five strikeouts and three walks.

Notes: Florida SS Alex Gonzalez singled in the third to extend his career-best hitting streak to 16 games. It’s the longest by a Marlins player this season. … Tampa Bay OF Aubrey Huff was back in the lineup as the DH after being limited to pinch-hitting duties after bruising his right knee Wednesday. … The Marlins went 7-5 on their season-long 12-game road trip. … To make room for McClung, the Devil Rays optioned RHP Franklin Nunez to Durham.

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