by Steve Carney
Minor-leaguer Spencer Edwards used some heady baserunning to score the tying runs in both the seventh and ninth innings Wednesday night, allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to salvage a 3-3 tie with the Baltimore Orioles in their home finale of the Grapefruit League.
Edwards scored from first base in the seventh after pinch-running for Wil Myers on a single by Wilson Betemit coupled with a throwing error by Adam Jones, then drew a walk in the ninth, stole second base, went to third on a throwing error by catcher Brian Ward, and scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Ray Olmedo that pitcher Josh Stinson threw away.
Tampa Bay initially got on the board in the first inning, as a sacrifice fly by Evan Longoria brought in Matt Joyce.
After Baltimore tallied a run in the second thanks to a Delmon Young groundout and two more runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Young and single from Steve Lombardozzi, Longoria cut the lead to a single run with a run-scoring single of his own in the fifth.
Baltimore had regained the lead in the top of the ninth thanks to a sacrifice fly from minor-league outfielder Brett Wallace, but Stinson couldn't shut the door, and nearly lost the game. However, he struck out Jose Paez and Ariel Soriano to preserve the stalemate.
Tampa Bay will head to Sarasota Thursday to finish the home-and-home with Baltimore. Alex Cobb will get the start against Ubaldo Jimenez. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05, with pregame coverage on WDAE starting at 7:00.