by Steve Carney
The Tampa Bay Rays didn't get a great outing from Matt Moore, but the offense helped make up for it. Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, and Shelley Duncan each his home runs to give Tampa Bay a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday in Port Charlotte.
After wiggling out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, Moore gave up single runs in both the second and third innings. Russell Martin's ground-rule double in the second inning opened the scoring, and an RBI single by Josh Harrison an inning later broke a 1-1 tie.
Tampa Bay got their first run in the bottom of the second when Duncan, who was a late replacement for Luke Scott, homered to left to tie the game.
Tampa Bay took the lead in the fifth, as Zobrist hit a blast that went off the glove of Jose Tabata and into the home bullpen in right field for a two-run homer. Then after Matt Joyce reached on an infield single, Longoria uncorked a massive two-run shot that landed on the concrete walkway in left and bounced out of the stadium to make it 5-2.
The Rays added one more run in the sixth on a two-out single by Desmond Jennings, scoring James Loney.
Moore went just 4 2/3 innings Monday, allowing the two runs on six hits. He also walked five batters and struck out three.
Tampa Bay also got 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief from Brandon Gomes, two innings of one hit relief with five strikeouts from Joel Peralta, and a scoreless frame from minor-leaguer C.J. Riefenhauser.
The Rays return to Clearwater Tuesday for their final matchup of the spring with the Philadelphia Phillies. Roberto Hernandez will get the start against Raul Valdes. First pitch is at 1:05.