PHILLIES 6, RAYS 3
Jesmuel Valentin hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Tampa Bay Rays in Grapefruit League action Tuesday in Clearwater, Florida.
The Phillies improved to 8-11 in spring training.
The Phillies’ bullpen, led by Tom Eshelman, shut out the Rays for the last 6 1/3 innings. Eshelman pitched 42/3 innings, allowing two hits and one walk. He struck out four.
Maikel Franco went 2 for 3 with two runs scored. He hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and is batting .517 this spring. Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery also drove in runs for the Phillies.
The Phillies have 14 spring training games remaining. They will play the Atlanta Braves at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Kissimmee, Florida.
Philadelphia also will open the season against the Braves, March 29 in Atlanta. Their home opener is April 5 against the Miami Marlins.
— Associated Press