Longoria, Anderson Key Rays Victory

By David Hill

Even if it is early, the Rays are hitting the ball well thus far in their Grapefruit League games. If nothing else, it may help the Rays get some confidence offensively heading into the regular season.

The Rays hammered Astros starter Jordan Lyles, touching him up for six earned runs on ten hits in only two innings of work as they went on to win 7-2 in a rain shortened game Tuesday. Each of the Rays starters had a hit, with Evan Longoria going 2-2 in his three inning stint. Leslie Anderson continued his torrid spring, lacing a two run triple in the Rays five run fifth inning.

David Price started, pitching a scoreless inning while working around a hit and a walk. He also provided a brief scare when a ground ball hit him in the left wrist, but fortunately, Price was able to avoid injury.

The Astros scored both of their runs in the top of the sixth off Alex Colome, as he gave up a run scoring double and a solo home run. After the top of the inning, the game was called on account of heavy rain.

Fernando Rodney also pitched a scoreless inning, and, like Price, worked around a hit and a walk. Ryan Roberts connected for his first home run of the spring with a solo shot in the fourth.

With the victory, the Rays find themselves 4-1 in Grapefruit League play, having scored 29 runs in their five games.