Rays Take Fourth Straight Spring Win With Victory In Sarasota

SARASOTA (WDAE) -- Guillermo Heredia homered and drove in three runs, and Austin Meadows and Anthony Bemboom each homered to give the Tampa Bay Rays their fourth straight victory, a 10-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles Friday at Ed Smith Stadium.

Heredia's homer finished off a four-run first inning against Alex Cobb, who could not get out of the inning. Ji-Man Choi, playing in his first game back since tweaking his back Tuesday, started the scoring with an RBI single, and Kevin Kiermaier added an RBI on a fielder's choice.

Baltimore cut the lead in half in the second off Yonny Chirinos, but an infield hit by Heredia in the third plated Daniel Robertson from second base, and Meadows' blast off the batters eye against Matt Wotherspoon extended the lead back to four runs.

Adam Kolarek and Luis Santos let the Orioles back in to the game. The former gave up an RBI double in the fifth to Eric Young Jr. that made it 6-3, while Santos uncorked a wild pitch later in the inning that scored a run, then loaded the bases in the following inning and forced home a run with a walk.

Andrew Velazquez's two-run double in the eighth off Luis Ortiz gave the Rays breathing room, and Bemboom's homer in the ninth, also off Ortiz, set the score.

The Rays will split their squad Saturday, with half the team hosting the Philadelphia Phillies at Charlotte Sports Park, and the other half heading to Dunedin to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Tyler Glasnow will start the home game, while Wilmer Font will get the nod in the road tilt. Each game is scheduled for a 1:05 first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 12:30 with Countdown to Opening Day.

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