The Tampa Bay Rays (21-19) defeated the New York Mets (18-14) 3-2 on Friday night at Tropicana Field.
The Mets struck first in this game as Jonathan Villar hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning. The Rays were shut out by Mets pitching through seven innings, before beginning to answer in the eighth. After Mike Zunino homered, Manuel Margot came through with a game-tying double with two outs. In the ninth inning it would be Brett Phillips walking off for the Rays, as he had a two-out RBI single that gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 win.
Tyler Glasnow pitched eight innings in which he allowed only two earned runs on five hits while striking out ten and walking one. Pete Fairbanks (1-0, 1.59) got the win out of the bullpen after pitching a shutout ninth inning when the game was tied 2-2.
The Rays and Mets meet in game two of the three game series on Saturday afternoon at the Trop. First pitch Saturday is scheduled for 1:10 - pregame coverage begins at 12:30 PM on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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