by Steve Carney
The Tampa Bay Rays rallied from a three-run deficit in the fifth, as Ben Zobrist, Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce all homered to give Tampa Bay its fourth straight spring win, a 5-4 decision over the New York Yankees.
New York got to starter Cesar Ramos early, as a single by Eduardo Nunez and double by Ichiro Suzuki put runners at second and third base before former Rays Russ Canzler and Kelly Johnson each brought in a run.
Zobrist immediately cut the deficit in half leading off the bottom of the first, blasting an Adam Warren pitch into the visiting bullpen, but couldn't get any closer in the inning, and wasted a golden opportunity in the second, as Tampa Bay had runners at second and third with one out, but Mikie Mahtook struck out and Zobrist flew out to deep center.
New York added two more runs in the fourth as Grant Balfour loaded the bases and with two out, Brett Gardner singled in a pair.
The Rays took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a pair of home runs: a titanic shot over the left-field boardwalk by Jennings and a long home run to right by Matt Joyce.
Tampa Bay will try and extend their Grapefruit League winning streak to five games Thursday, when they travel to Sarasota to take on the Baltimore Orioles. David Price is scheduled to get the start, with first pitch at 1:05.
Listen to manager Joe Maddon, Cesar Ramos, and Desmond Jennings after the game below!