Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Rays' Rally Falls Short against Sox ROUNDUP: They Send 10 Batters to the Plate and Score Five Runs in Fourth, but Lose 9-6

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Rays' Rally Falls Short against Sox ROUNDUP: They Send 10 Batters to the Plate and Score Five Runs in Fourth, but Lose 9-6

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PORT CHARLOTTE

After falling behind Boston by six runs, the Rays put together a big rally before falling short 9-6 in front of the first sellout crowd of the season Saturday at Charlotte Sports Park.

Tampa Bay sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs on five hits in the fourth inning to cut the Red Sox lead from 6-0 to 6- 5.

"I'm really impressed with the way they pieced together that inning," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It didn't come via the home run. It came with quality at-bats. That was nice to see."

Brandon Guyer, Logan Forsythe and Curt Casali had a run-scoring singles. Steven Souza Jr. added a two-run single to delight the Rays' portion of the 7,030 fans in attendance on a glorious day.

The Red Sox got six runs off starter Nathan Karns, including a three-run homer down the right field line that may have been fair or foul off the bat of Mike Napoli.

PIRATES 8, BLUE JAYS (SS) 3

BRADENTON -- Gregory Polanco homered for the second straight day and Neil Walker hit a two-run double Saturday, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat a Toronto Blue Jays split squad.

Polanco hit a two-run shot in the first inning off left-hander Randy Wolf. Andrew McCutchen had two hits, including a double, and scored a run.

ORIOLES 10, YANKEES 2

TAMPA -- Alex Rodriguez hit his third homer and raised his batting average to .306, new shortstop Didi Gregorius gave New York a scare and the Yankees lost to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Rodriguez hit a long first-pitch leadoff shot in the seventh off Brian Matusz.

Grapefruit League

In Lakeland, Miguel Cabrera hit his second home run of the spring and raised his average to .385, leading the Detroit Tigers past the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3. ... In Jupiter, Mat Latos followed his worst start of the spring with his best, helping the Miami Marlins play to a 1-1 tie with the Houston Astros. Five days after allowing nine runs in three innings to the Mets, Latos rebounded by limiting the Astros to one run in 51/3 1-3 innings. ... In Fort Myers, Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the spring and the Minnesota Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1. ... In Dunedin, Jose Bautista hit a two-run double for the split-squad Toronto Blue Jays in a 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. …

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