by Steve Carney
The Tampa Bay Rays walked off for the first time this spring with a victory, as Stephen Vogt's two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Vogt followed Cole Figueroa's two out walk draswn from reliever Jay Johnson by blasting a pitch on to the right-field boardwalk for the game winner.
Matt Moore tossed the first five innings, four of which were not much of a problem. However, the top of the second inning saw Domonic Brown start the frame with an infiels single. He moved to second base on an errant pickoff throw, and took third on a ground out by Darin Ruf. Carlos Ruiz then singled to right field to bring him in for the only run Philadelphia would get.
Tampa Bay was held scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Shelley Duncan blasted a solo homer off Justin De Fratus to tie up the contest.
Jamey Wright, Kyle Farnsworth, and Joel Peralta each had a scoreless inning of relief, while Brandon Gomes tossed the final two shutout frames to earn the win.
Tampa Bay will begin a home-and-home series with the Boston Red Sox starting Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park, with Roberto Hernandez taking on Alfredo Aceves. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05, with coverage on 620 WDAE starting at 1:00.
FINAL TALLY ON SHAVING EVENT: According to the team, 64 members of the Rays franchise, including prinicpal owner Stuart Sternberg, president Matt Silverman, executive vice president Andrew Friedman, players, coaches, and other front office staff shaved their heads in support of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. In addition DH Luke Scott shaved his mutton chops, and Phillies 3B Michael Young had his head shaved in support after being taken out of the game in the sixth inning.