Whitley, Bauers Star As Rays Beat Jays

DUNEDIN (620 WDAE) -- Jake Bauers blasted his fourth home run of the spring, and Chase Whitley worked four scoreless innings as the Tampa Bay Rays held on for a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bauers connected off Toronto starter Mat Latos with a man on in the top of the fourth inning, the only hit he would allow in 3 2/3 innings of work. 

Meanwhile Whitley alowed just two hits and a walk, but no runs in four innings of work, striking out four Toronto batters.

The Rays added a third run in the fifth thanks to an RBI double by Dayron Varona, who plated Patrick Leonard after the third baseman tripled in front of him.

The Blue Jays got unearned runs in the sixth and eighth innings, both aided by throwing errors by minor-league catcher Michael Marjama on stolen base attempts that allowed the runner to take third base and come home on an RBI groundout by Mike Ohlman in the sixth, and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Fields in the eighth.

The Rays (10-9-2) next head back to Port Charlotte for a matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Blake Snell will get the start, taking on Jerad Eickhoff.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:05, with coverage on WDAE starting at 12:30 with Countdown to Opening Day.

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