by Steve Carney
Alex Cobb pitched three shutout innings, and Kevin Kiermaier and Cameron Seitzer each hit a two-run homer to help lead the Tampa Bay Rays to their fifth straight spring victory, a 6-3 decision over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday in Dunedin.
Cobb and Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle went pitch-for-pitch through the first two innings, but Tampa Bay would get to Toronto's left-hander in the third, as Kevin Kiermaie and Jerry Sands would single, and Sean Rodriguez walked to load the bases with nobody out. Desmond Jennings then singled in Kiermaier to open the scoring.
The Rays added two more runs in the fourth, when Kiermaier teed off on Marcus Stroman's first pitch to him, launching it over the right-centerfield wall to make the lead 3-0.
Wil Myers made the score 4-0 an inning later when his two-out single brought in Matt Joyce.
Toronto scored their only run of the game in the fifth, when Brad Boxberger loaded the bases with one out, and Jose Bautista's infield single scored Dioner Navarro with two away.
Seitzer capped the Tampa Bay scoring in the top of the ninth, following up a double by Jeremy Moore with a two-run blast to right off Todd Redmond, his second of the spring.
The Blue Jays scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Steve Geltz was able to slam the door to end the game.
Tampa Bay will look to make it six spring wins in a row Saturday, when they welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to Port Charlotte. Matt Moore is scheduled to start against Francisco Liriano. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 1:00.