Rays Drop First Game In Braves New Park

NORTH PORT (WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays spotted the Atlanta Braves a 4-0 lead, but couldn't complete the comeback, as they had two runs erased at the plate in the eighth inning in a 4-2 loss Sunday in the inaugural game at CoolToday Park.

Right-hander Tyler Glasnow allowed a pair of runs in the first on RBI singles by Nick Markakais and Ozzie Albies, and two more in the third on a double by Brian McCann to give the Braves their lead.

Tampa Bay left at least one runner in scoring position in the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Rays hitters struck out 13 times Sunday.

Daniel Robertson hit the first home run in park history, with his two-run blast in the seventh off Josh Graham cutting the deficit in half, and had a golden opportunity to get the game evened in the eighth. However, Carl Chester was cut down at the plate on a Kean Wong double for the second out of the inning, and after a ball to the backstop, Wong was also erased at the plate to end the frame.

Tampa Bay will wrap up the Grapefruit League portion of their spring schedule Monday, heading to Clearwater to face the Philadelphia Phillies. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.

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