Pagan, Zunino Shine, But Rays Fall To Phillies

PORT CHARLOTTE (WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays got two shutout innings from Emilio Pagan, and Mike Zunino hit a three-run home run, but the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to take Thursday's matchup at Charlotte Sports Park 4-3.

Pagan allowed just one hit, a second-inning single by Rob Brantly, in his outing, and struck out one.

Philadelphia got on the board in the third off Diego Castillo, as Scott Kingery singled with two out and scored on a double by Nick Williams.

The game remained 1-0 until the fifth, when Zunino came up with two on and two out against Victor Arano, blasting a three-run shot to left to erase the lead and give the Rays a 3-1 advantage.

Gift Ngoepe's two-run homer off Casey Sadler in the seventh tied the game back up, and Dylan Cozens broke the tie an inning later with a solo homer into the visiting bullpen against Colin Poche.

Tampa Bay pitching struck out 13 Phillies hitters and didn't walk anyone, with Castillo and minor-leaguer Cole Sulser each striking out four.

Friday will see the Rays play a split twin-bill, as they'll host the Detroit Tigers in Port Charlotte at 1:05, and travel to Bradenton for a 6:05 start against the Pittsburgh Pirates,

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