PORT CHARLOTTE (WDAE) -- Joe Ryan allowed a pair of runs in two innings of work, and Joey Wendle and Mike Zunino each homered as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Minnesota Twins 7-2 Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park.
Minor-league pitcher Joe Ryan worked a scoreless first inning for Tampa Bay, but gave up a two-run homer to Royce Lewis that gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead in the second.
Kevin Kiermaier got things started for the Rays in the bottom of the inning, reaching on a three-base fielding error by Brent Rooker and soring when Miguel Sano botched a ground ball by Kevan Smith. Wendle followed with an opposite-field blast into he visiting bullpen, giving the home team the lead for good.
Tampa Bay continued to pile on against Jhoulys Chacin, loading the bases before Yandy Diaz's sacrifice fly made it 4-2, and Zunino followed one batter later with a three-run blast, his first of the spring.
Dalton Kelly set the score in the eighth inning with his first Grapefruit League homer of his career.
The Rays got scoreless performances on the mound from Diego Castillo, Nick Anderson, Andrew Kittredge, John Curtiss, D.J. Snelton, Ryan Sherriff, and Ryan Thompson.
Tampa Bay heads to Sarasota Monday to face off with the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Charlie Morton will get the start, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05.