Rays Finish Home Spring Schedule With Tie

PORT CHARLOTTE (620 WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay rays wrapped up their 2017 home schedule of the Grapefruit League by rallying from a 6-1 deficit to force a 6-6 stalemate with the Minnesota Twins at Charlotte Sports Park.

ARMS: Jake Odorizzi worked into the fourth inning in what was his final spring training start, putting up three scoreless frames before giving up a 2-run homer to Joe Mauer in the fourth that put Tampa Bay behind.  

Tommy Hunter allowed a pair of solo shots in the sixth to Miguel Sano and Jason Castro, while Jumbo Diaz gave up an RBI triple to Trey Vavra, who also scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Chris Gimenez.  

Xavier Cedeno finished the fourth for Odorizzi, and Alex Colome, Erasmo Ramirez, and Danny Farquhar all provided scoreless innings of relief.

BATS: Willy Adames, called up for a final cameo in the home finale, got Tampa Bay on the board in the fifth with an RBI triple that plated Daniel Robertson.

The offense output in the eighth came of reliever Ryan Pressly, who gave up a walk to Nick Franklin followed by singles by Peter Bourjos and Garrett Whitley, followed by a free pass to Mallex Smith that plated Franklin.  Joe McCarthy then doubled off Luke Bard to bring in Bourjos and Whitley, and with two out, a double by Angel Moreno brought in Smith and McCarthy to tie the game.

Bourjos, Adames, and Steven Souza Jr. all had multi-hit days.

UP NEXT: The Rays will finish the Grapefruit League on Friday in Clearwater with a matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Alex Cobb will get the start in the game, and Blake Snell will also throw Friday.  First pitch from Spectrum Field is set for 1:05.

NUMBER OF THE DAY: 81,752 -- The total attendance at Charlotte Sports Park in 18 games this spring, an average of 4,542 fans per game.  It's the highest total attendance for the Rays in the Grapefruit League since 2013, when 90,935 fans attended 17 games in Charlotte County.

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