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Rays Finish Off Unbeaten Weekend With Tie Against Pittsburgh

PORT CHARLOTTE (WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays failed to drive in a run Sunday, but scored a pair on defensive miscues, which proved to be enough to earn a 2-2 tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Charlotte Sports Park Sunday.

Pittsburgh jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, as Bryan Reynolds drew a one-out walk from Josh Fleming, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Colin Moran's single to left that fell in front of Austin Meadows.

Tampa Bay tied the game in the second when Yandy Diaz tripled off Pirates starter Mitch Keller, and scored on a wild pitch.

The game was untied in the bottom of the fifth, as Willy Adames and Manuel Margot each walked against new Pirates pitcher Sam Howard. Austin Meadows grounded into a fielder's choice, but when Cole Tucker threw the ball past Jose Osuna at first looking to complete a double play, Adames scooted home for a 2-1 lead.

The game stayed 2-1 until the ninth inning, when Sam McWilliams gave up a leadoff single to Jared Oliva, and Charlie Tilson drove him in with a double to tie the game. McWilliams walked Andrew Susac and Ke'Bryan Hayes with two out to load the bases, but struck out Jason Delay to end the threat.

Tampa Bay got scoreless innings of relief from Aaron Loup, Nick Anderson, Oliver Drake, Brooks Pounders, and Aaron Slegers.

The tie is the fourth by the Rays this spring, and the second in as many days following a 1-1 stalemate Saturday in North Port.

The Rays head to Dunedin for a matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays. Blake Snell will get the start, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05.

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