by Steve Carney
Tampa Bay hitters may have struggled against former teammate Roberto Hernandez Monday, but came through late.
Ray Olmedo and Cole Figueroa each drove in a pair to cap a five-run seventh inning, giving Tampa Bay a 6-1 victory over Philadelphia in the only meeting of the spring between the two teams.
Matt Moore battled through the first inning, stranding the bases loaded in the frame, and left with two out in the second.
Hernandez tossed three innings of one-hit ball against his former team, but left with the game scoreless. Philadelphia finally got on the board in the fourth, when Leandro Castro doubled off Heath Bell with one out, moved to third on a single by Freddy Galvis, and scored on a single by Wil Nieves.
The game stayed 1-0 until the seventh, when Justin Christian drew a one-out walk, moved to third on a double by Jeremy Moore, and scored on a fielder's choice by Vince Belnome as Christian's slide beat the throw to the plate. Jerry Sands then walked to load the bases before Olmedo's single up the middle brought in two runs, and Figueroa's double down the right-field line plated two more.
Jeremy Moore capped the scoring in the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot on to the boardwalk below the scoreboard in left field.
Tampa Bay will look to run their Grapefruit League winning streak to three games Tuesday in Fort Myers, when they take on the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Chris Archer is slated to start against Clay Buchholz at 1:05.
NOTES: Second baseman Ben Zobrist made his spring debut Monday, batting leadoff. He went 0-2 at the plate and played three innings in the field. Former Rays infielder Reid Brignac, who signed with Philadelphia in the offseason, came on as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and drew a walk, but was left stranded at first base.
Listen to Joe Maddon, Matt Moore, and Ben Zobrist speak after Monday's game below!