Longoria, Gillaspie, Bauers slug Rays over Jays

March 12th, 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- and homered, and added a pair of homers to lead the Rays to an 8-2 win over the Blue Jays Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park.

But before the fireworks got underway, defensive gems were on display in the early going.

Gold Glove Rays center fielder got the party started with a leaping backhanded catch to rob Jake Elmore of extra bases in the first. Blue Jays second baseman Jon Berti then flashed the leather when he dove to his left to rob Brad Miller of a hit. Blue Jays right-fielder one-upped Berti when he pulled stole a home run from Corey Dickerson.

Bauers then delivered a blow that the Blue Jays' defense couldn't get a glove on when he hit a two-run homer off Blue Jays starter that cleared the right-field boardwalk and landed on the roof of the team's administrative offices, giving the Rays a 2-0 lead.

Bauers showing serious pop this spring

singled off David Carpenter to lead off the Blue Jays' fifth. followed with a double to left before doubled to left to drive home two and tie the score at 2.

Longoria homered leading off the sixth, hitting his first of the spring on a 1-2 pitch from Blue Jays left-hander to give the Rays a 3-2 lead.

"I'm seeing the ball pretty well," Longoria said. "I haven't really been worried about the power or anything like that. It's been more about trying to rack up at-bats. Just see pitches and get deeper into counts, and feel like I'm comfortable. ... That at-bat, it was a changeup that he just made a mistake on."

Hitting right-handed, Gillaspie slugged a two-run shot in the seventh that cleared the boardwalk in left, and added a solo homer in the eighth from the left side that cleared the right-field fence to put the Rays up 8-2.

Morrison plays field for first time this spring

started for the Rays, allowing no runs on a walk and a strikeout in two innings.

Borucki, who is contending for a left-handed relief spot, allowed two runs on two hits, walking one and striking out two in two innings pitched.

Blue Jays Up Next: The Blue Jays will host the Red Sox Monday in a 1:07 p.m. ET contest at Dunedin. J.A. Happ will start for the Blue Jays. Knuckleballer will start for the Red Sox.

Rays Up Next: The Rays will travel to Fort Myers Monday for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest against the Twins. will start and he'll be followed by , , , and . Top prospect , , Nick Franklin, and Steven Souza Jr. will also be on the trip. Watch the game live on MLB.TV.

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