by Steve Carney
Matt Moore threw four shutout innings, and Tampa Bay got home runs from James Loney, Ryan Roberts, and Sean Rodriguez, but finished the 2013 spring season with a 3-3 tie against the Detroit Tigers Saturday at Tropicana Field.
The lefthander, who had been plagued all Grapefruit League long with fastball command issues, allowed just a single hit and a walk while striking out five Tigers hitters in arguably his best outing of the spring.
Detroit got on the board first in the fifth inning, as Omar Infante reached on a comebacker off Jamey Wright's glove and scored on Brayan Pena's two-run shot into the back of the rightfield seats.
Tampa Bay cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the frame as Loney led off the inning with his first spring homer, a solo shot into the seats in right, and tied the game an inning later on a one-out solo home run by Roberts.
The Thigers got back in the lead in the seventh, as Brayan Pena tripled off Jake McGee with one out, and two batters later, Don Kelly's suicide squeeze brought in the Detroit catcher for a 3-2 lead.
The lead did not last long, as Sean Rodriguez blasted a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the seventh to set the score.
Tampa Bay will start the 2013 regular season Tuesday in St. Petersburg, when the Baltimore Orioles come to town. David Price will get the start, taking on Jason Hammel. Pregame coverage begins at 2 with Rays Inside Pitch. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10.
SCOTT HEADS TO DL: Designated hitter Luke Scott has been placed on the 15-day disabled list sue to his right calf strain suffered Friday in a minor-league game. Scott received a cortisone injection in the calf, and manager Joe Maddon believes he will miss two to three weeks with the injury.
The team will make a corresponding move on Sunday.