by Steve Carney
Grady Sizemore's two-run homer in the sixth broke a 2-2 tie and allowed the Boston Red Sox to leave Port Charlotte with a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday.
Boston got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third inning, as Will Middlebrooks led off the inning with a solo home run off Jake Odorizzi.
The lead would not last long, as Sean Rodriguez singled to start the bottom of inning and scored on a double by Jose Molina. Following a walk to David DeJesus two batters later, Wil Myers brought Molina in with a single of his own.
The Red Sox tied the game in the fourth, as Mike Napoli doubled off Myers' glove and scored on a single by Xander Bogaerts.
Boston took the lead for good in the sixth, as Sizemore launched a two-run blast off the offices in right field off reliever Cesar Ramos.
Tampa Bay will wrap up their Grapefruit League home schedule Wednesday evening, when the Baltimore Orioles come to town. David Price will get the start, taking on Chris Tillman. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 with coverage on WDAE starting at 7:00.
THREE PLAYERS CUT, GUYER MAKES TEAM: Manager Joe Maddon after the game announced that the team informed RHP Mark Lowe and INFs Wilson Betemit and Jayson Nix that they did not make the Major League roster to start the season. The Rays skipper said the three were told today so that they could make accomodations for their families. OF Brandon Guyer was told that he will be on the 25-man active roster for Opening Day March 31. With Lowe not making the team, the two other relievers, RHPs Josh Lueke and Brandon Gomes, were told they have not made the team yet, as Maddon indicated another move could possibly be in play.