PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Jose Bautista hit his fifth home run of the spring, a long solo shot that helped the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Thursday.
Colby Rasmus and Eugenio Velez also homered for Toronto.
The Rays’ only run came in the sixth inning on an infield single from James Loney.
Four Blue Jays pitchers, led by starter Claudio Vargas, combined to allow only six hits and struck out nine.
Roberto Hernandez, competing for the Rays’ fifth spot in the rotation, pitched six sharp innings, allowing one run and three hits.
Source: Associated Press.Bautista Hits Homer, Blue Jays Top Rays by Darwin Minnis