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Rays Homer And K Their Way To Victory

David Price went 5 strong innings on Saturday, allowing only 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6 batters. In total, the Rays pitchers combined for 12 total strikeout, en route to beating the Phillies 6-2.

The Rays offense went homer-happy in the 3rd and 4th innings, when Ben Zobrist, Johnny Damon, and Dan Johnson each hit one out — way out, in fact, as Damon and Johnson’s homers both left the park entirely. It was Zobrist and Damon’s first home runs of the Spring Training season, but Johnson’s second.

The Rays offense, which surprisingly did not walk once, also collected extra base hits from Matt Joyce (a double and a triple), Reid Brignac (a double), and B.J. Upton (also a double, his fourth of the spring).

In four innings of work, Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick allowed 5 runs, all coming through home runs. Ryan Madson pitched masterfully, allowing only 1 hit in 2 innings of work, while striking out the other 6 Rays he faced.

Madson’s pitching, however, did not matter as the Rays relief corps allowed only one run to cross in the 8th inning, securing a Tampa Bay victory.

The Tampa Bay Rays will be in action again tomorrow, taking on the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 pm EST.

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.