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Jeanmar Gomez, Pittsburgh Pirates Struggle Against Tampa Bay Rays

March 13th, 2014 at 5:38 PM
By Allan Smith

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Jeanmar Gomez allowed a four run third that would doom the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday as the Bucs dropped a 4-1 contest against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday afternoon at the Charlotte Sports Park.

A Ben Zobrist single scored Ryan Hanigan and Brandon Guyer before Yunel Escobar singled home Zobrist and David DeJesus. The Pirates would score one in the eighth as Omir Santos singled home Tony Sanchez.

In his first start of the spring, Gomez allowed eight hits and four runs in 2.1 innings of work. In the third, he allowed five hits while recording one out before Zack Thornton relieved him and struck out Wilson Betemit and Wil Myers. Thornton combined with Bryan Morris, Phil Irwin and Duke Welker to shut out the Rays for the rest of the game.

Matt Moore got the start for the Rays and dominated the Pirates in his 3.1 innings of work, although he struggled with command. He walked three and allowed two hits in his start.

"I think it's pretty hard to have a negative [outing] after last time," said Moore. "It was definitely a step forward today."

The Bucs will return to action Friday as they host the Philadelphia Phillies at McKechnie Field for a 1:05 game. Brandon Cumpton will get his first start of the spring, and both Andrew Lambo and Chris McGuiness, two players battling for the left-handed first baseman's job, will be in the lineup.

Tags: Baseball, Jeanmar Gomez, MLB, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays

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