Rays Fall To 0-3 In Slugfest

PORT CHARLOTTE (WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays hit four home runs, including three in the fifth inning, but it wasn't enough to overcome a big lead from the New York Yankees, as they fall to 0-3 on the spring with an 8-5 defeat Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park.

The Rays got back-to-back solo home runs from Willy Adames and Mike Zunino in the inning, and added a solo shot from Austin Meadows later in the inning, but New York had built too large of a lead, scoring a run in the top of the first off Tyler Glasnow on a RBI single by Luke Voit, then added two more an inning later off Glasnow and Yonny Chirinos thanks to a pair of wild pitches by the former and a double by Tyler Wade off the latter.

Voit added three more runs in the fourth inning with a blast off Ryne Stanek to left-center that cleared the scoreboard and tiki bar.

Matt Lipka's two-run homer in the sixth off Curtis Taylor extended the Yankees lead back to 8-3, but Jason Coats added his second home run of the spring, his second of the Grapefruit League, in the bottom half of the same inning.

The Miami Marlins come to Charlotte Sports Park Monday, as Colin Poche gets the start against Jose Urena. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.

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