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Spring training roundup: Brandon Lowe hits grand slam in Rays’ first win

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Mar 25, 2022; North Port, Florida, USA;  Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson (39) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during spring training at CoolToday Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Lowe belted a grand slam and drove in five runs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 9-4 victory over the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Friday at Port Charlotte, Fla.

Lowe’s blast off right-hander Chris Ellis in the second inning cleared the fence in right center and gave Tampa Bay a 4-1 lead. He added a run-scoring single in the fourth inning to start a three-run uprising as the Rays (1-5) won for the first time this spring.

Richie Martin and John Rhodes hit solo homers for Baltimore.

Braves 6, Red Sox 3

Postseason hero Ian Anderson struck out four and gave up two hits over three scoreless innings to help Atlanta defeat visiting Boston at North Port, Fla. Christian Arroyo and Tyler Dearden had RBI singles for the Red Sox.

Phillies 6, Yankees 5

Matt Vierling smacked a three-run double in the first inning and Philadelphia went on to defeat visiting New York at Clearwater, Fla. Kyle Higashioka hit two homers and drove in three runs for the Yankees.

Cardinals 5, Nationals 4

Harrison Bader delivered a two-run double during a three-run third inning to help St. Louis edge visiting Washington at Jupiter, Fla. Riley Adams hit two homers for the Nationals.

Pirates 2, Twins 1

Hunter Owen homered to left with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off left-hander Lewis Thorpe to give Pittsburgh the win over Minnesota at Bradenton, Fla. Bryan Reynolds also homered for the Pirates, while Jake Cave had a run-scoring single for the Twins.

Tigers 8, Blue Jays 4

Isaac Paredes hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the seventh inning to help Detroit down host Toronto at Dunedin, Fla. Akil Baddoo also homered for the Tigers, while George Springer hit his first of the spring for the Blue Jays.

–Field Level Media