Nola sharp in 3rd spring start, Phillies beat Rays 5-2
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Right-hander Aaron Nola looked sharp in his third spring outing, pitching into the fifth inning of the Philadelphia Phillies' 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.
Cedric Hunter hit a solo homer off Rays starter Drew Smyly and the Phillies scored four times in the eighth against Xavier Cedeno to take the lead and pull away.
Nola allowed two runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, including Logan Morrison's RBI double and Kevin Kiermaier's fifth-inning homer. The 22-year-year old who made his major league debut against the Rays last July struck out five.
Smyly didn't allow a run in either of his first two starts this spring. Hunter's homer on a changeup was one of three hits he yielded in 4 2/3 innings against the Phillies.