Rays Thump Phillies

Jeff Niemann threw three no-hit innings to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Al Lang Field before a crowd of 3,836.

ST. PETERSBURG - Jeff Niemann threw three no-hit innings to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Al Lang Field before a crowd of 3,836.

 

Niemann (1-0) walked two and struck out a pair in his second spring training outing.

 

The Rays scored three times against Phillies' starter Cole Hamels (0-1) in his third and final inning. The lefty struck out two, walked one and saw his ERA jump to 12.60.

 

Jason Bartlett led the Rays' offense with two hits in three trips to the plate scoring a run and knocking in one.

 

Elliott Johnson had two hits in two at-bats after coming in for second-baseman Akinori Iwamura. He scored twice.

 

Tampa Bay blew the game open in the seventh and eighth off reliever Carlos Carrasco wit worked an inning and two-thirds allowing six runs and five hits. He hurt himself with four walks.

 

The big blow against Carrasco was a double by centerfielder Ben Zobrist with the bases loaded. Catcher Josh Paul was thrown out at the plate attempting to make it a three-run hit.

 

Fabio Castro was superb for Philadelphia working three scoreless, hitless frames.

 

J.P. Howell of the Rays also went three innings in relief and was touched up for the Phillies only run, an RBI single by Pat Burrell.

 

NOTES: Due to rainouts and shortened games, both teams played on after the game was official to get in some additional work. The Phillies received a call from the Rays and brought extra players to St. Petersburg to accommodate the extra innings.

 

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