Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
news

MLB News

Odorizzi perfect for two in spring debut

MLB.com

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Phillies rallied to score a pair of runs in the ninth to erase a two-run deficit and tie the Rays, 5-5, Wednesday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

Trailing 5-3, Roman Quinn drew a leadoff walk from Jacob Faria to start the Phillies' ninth. One out later, Jesmuel Valentin doubled to right. Quinn scored when Cameron Perkins grounded out to second. Hector Gomez's RBI double scored Valentin to tie the game at 5.

View Full Game Coverage

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Phillies rallied to score a pair of runs in the ninth to erase a two-run deficit and tie the Rays, 5-5, Wednesday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

Trailing 5-3, Roman Quinn drew a leadoff walk from Jacob Faria to start the Phillies' ninth. One out later, Jesmuel Valentin doubled to right. Quinn scored when Cameron Perkins grounded out to second. Hector Gomez's RBI double scored Valentin to tie the game at 5.

View Full Game Coverage

"We're not exactly tearing the cover off the ball," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "Nevertheless, we tied. I'll take a tie in Spring Training. Especially that way."

The Rays were retired in the ninth, and extra innings were not played.

Jesus Sucre's two-run homer in the sixth gave the Rays a one-run lead, and Jonah Heim added an RBI double in the eighth.

Jake Odorizzi made his first start of the spring, and the Rays right-hander cruised through two perfect innings while striking out one. Of the 19 pitches Odorizzi threw, 14 were for strikes.

"I thought it was good for the first time," Odorizzi said. "I threw strikes, got some quick outs on three pitches or less, so it was a good work day and a good first outing of spring."

Video: PHI@TB: Odorizzi perfect for two in spring debut

Vince Velasquez, who will be the Phillies' No. 4 starter, also made his first start of the spring, holding the Rays to no runs on one hit while striking out one in two innings.

Aaron Altherr's bases-loaded triple off Matt Andriese in the fourth gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

Video: PHI@TB: Altherr drives in three with triple off wall

Patrick Leonard had two doubles for the Rays, and both paid dividends. The first came against Adam Morgan, when he led off the third and later scored when Tim Beckham grounded to second. He doubled again with two outs in the fifth off Alec Asher, then scored on Steven Souza Jr.'s single to center to cut the Phillies' lead to 3-2.

Phillies Up Next: Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola makes his Grapefruit League debut at 1:07 p.m. ET Thursday in a game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. Nola missed much of the second half of last season because of an injured right elbow, but so far everything has gone according to plan and he is scheduled to open the season in the Phillies' rotation.Thursday's game can be heard via an exclusive webcast.

Rays Up Next: The Rays will travel to Fort Myers on Thursday afternoon for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest against the Red Sox. Jose De Leon, who came to the Rays in the trade that sent Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers, will make his first start of the spring. Also expected to see action are Chase Whitley and Kevin Gadea. You can listen to Thursday's contest on Gameday Audio.

Watch every out-of-market regular-season game live on MLB.TV.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.