by Steve Carney
The Rays left Bradenton Saturday without a win, but they didn't lose either.
Minor-leaguer Cameron Seitzer's solo home run in the top of the ninth inning brought Tampa Bay back to a 2-2 tie, which ended after ten innings of play.
Tampa Bay took an early lead, as Sean Rodriguez was hit by Wandy Rodriguez's second pitch of the game. He was picked off, but Matt Hague's throw from first sailed into left field, and took third on the error. Three batters later, Wil Myers' ground ball was booted by Robert Andino at shortstop, and Rodriguez scooted home for a 1-0 lead.
The Rays held the lead through Price's stint, as he left with two outs and a runner on in the second. However, reliever Jeff Beliveau couldn't hold the lead, allowing Andino to steal second base and score on a double by Clint Barmes to tie the game.
Russell Martin gave Pittsburgh the lead an inning later, taking a Mark Lowe pitch and depositing it over the boardwalk in right field for a solo home run and a 2-1 score.
Tampa Bay had opportunities to even the contest in both the fifth and eighth inning, but each time left runners in scoring position.
Seitzer finally got the contest squared up leading off the ninth inning, blasting a home run off the boardwalk in right field to set the score at 2-2
The Rays will look to get their first Grapefruit League win of the year Sunday in Port Charlotte, when they host the Minnesota Twins. Alex Cobb is scheduled to start against Ricky Nolasco. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 and will be heard on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM.
NOTES: Former Devil Ray Seth McClung, who hadn't pitched in the big leagues since 2009, struck out the side for Pittsburgh in the top of the tenth inning. He signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates back in November. The announced crowd at McKechnie Field in Bradenton was 7,959, third largest since the stadium's renovation prior to last season.
Listen to manager Joe Maddon and starter David Price speak after Saturday's game below!