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Rays hit 3 homers, score 12 in 6th vs. O's

March 29, 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Peter Bourjos, Nick Franklin, and Player Page for Shane Peterson homered in the sixth to lead the Rays to a 15-6 win over the Orioles Wednesday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.Bourjos got the home run parade started with a two-run blast off Jefri Hernandez. Franklin hit

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Peter Bourjos, Nick Franklin, and Player Page for Shane Peterson homered in the sixth to lead the Rays to a 15-6 win over the Orioles Wednesday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.
Bourjos got the home run parade started with a two-run blast off Jefri Hernandez. Franklin hit a three-run homer off Brian Moran before Peterson added a three-run homer to cap the 12-run inning that gave the Rays a 14-2 lead.
Bourjos, who joined the Rays on Wednesday after coming over in a trade with the White Sox on Tuesday, had three hits and made a nice catch at the wall in center field.

"It felt good to go out there and play," Bourjos said. "You always want to make a good first impression on your new team and go out there and have some good at-bats. Fortunately some balls fell in and I was able to do some things offensively, then defensively, too."
The Rays sent a parade of relievers to the mound on Wednesday, starting with Xavier Cedeno. Erasmo Ramirez and Tommy Hunter followed, and all posted scoreless frames. Hyun Soo Kim and Chris Dickerson broke the Rays' spell with solo home runs in the fourth off Alex Colome to tie the game at 2.

Orioles Opening Day starter Kevin Gausman, in his final spring tuneup, got in trouble in the third when Evan Longoria reached on a dropped fly ball by Orioles center fielder Chris Dickerson with one out.Corey Dickerson followed with a single to left to drive home Longoria. Steven Souza Jr. added an RBI single to put the Rays up 2-0.
Gausman allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and four walks while striking out five in 3 2/3 innings.
"It was good. I had a great spring and the biggest thing is how you come out of this physically, and I feel great," Gausman said. "Ready to kind of hit the ground running and that's one thing I tried to do coming into spring with what I had been doing in the second half. Hit the ground running and just feel good and try to get out there and continue to learn from what I did in the second half."
Orioles Up Next: Baltimore will end its spring season at home against the Tigers in a 1:05 p.m. ET game on Thursday. Dylan Bundy, who will start the second game of the season on Wednesday, will get the ball for the O's in the finale. Watch the game live on MLB.TV.
Rays Up Next: The Rays will wrap up their home Grapefruit League schedule on Thursday afternoon when they host the Twins in a 1:05 ET contest at Charlotte Sports Park. Jake Odorizzi, who will be the team's No. 2 starter, will make his final start of the spring. Also scheduled to see action are Cedeno, Colome, Hunter, Jaime Schultz and Jumbo Diaz.
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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.