Gillaspie's With Big Blast, But Rays End Up Tied

PORT CHARLOTTE (620 WDAE) -- Casey Gillaspie blasted a two-run homer, but it wasn't enough for the Tampa Bay Rays to pull out a victory, as they can only manage a 3-3 tie with the Boston Red Sox Wednesday at Charlotte Sports Park.

Gillaspie's home run, his third of the spring, capped a three-run bottom of the sixth inning, bringing Tampa Bay all the way back from a 2-0 deficit and giving them the lead.

However, David Carpenter could not hold that lead in the eighth, hitting Josh Rutledge with a pitch and catcher Mike McKenry allowing him to reach scoring position on a passed ball.  Matt Dominguez's fly ball moved Rutledge to third and a sac fly by Cole Sturgeon brought him in to tie the game.

Boston initially got on the board in the third, as Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly off starter Matt Andriese allowed Deven Marrero to score to make it 1-0.

Sam Travis extended the deficit to 2-0 in the sixth with a solo homer off reliever Xavier Cedeno, his third of the spring.

Nick Franklin's RBI groundout in the bottom of the sixth scored Jake Bauers to start the Rays comeback.

After failing to get out of the second inning in each of his first two starts, Andriese worked into the fourth inning, and Andrew Kittredge and Tommy Hunter each had scoreless relief outings.  Danny Farquhar also got the final four outs without allowing a hit.

The Rays big-league camp will have Thursday off, though both pitchers Chris Archer and Alex Cobb will throw in minor-league games.  Grapefruit League action will resume Friday when the Minnesota Twins come to Charlotte Sports Park.  Erasmo Ramirez is scheduled to start, with first pitch slated for 1:05.

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