KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Perfect weather, a lively crowd that nearly filled the stadium and a game-winning hit by Brendan Harris.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays got everything they needed for a successful debut at Disney World on Tuesday night.
Harris’ bases-loaded single in the 10th inning — his fourth hit of the game — drove in the winning run off Scott Feldman (1-2), who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma earlier in the day.
Brian Stokes (2-5) pitched the 10th for the Devil Rays, who loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning on two walks and Delmon Young’s single.
Hank Blalock homered for the third straight game for the Rangers, hitting a solo shot off James Shields in the fifth. Brad Wilkerson had a second-inning sacrifice fly, and Nelson Cruz’s RBI single in the fifth made it 3-3.
Carlos Pena, Elijah Dukes and Ty Wiggington drove in Tampa Bay’s runs off Texas right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
Despite slow advance ticket sales, most of the seats in the minor league park at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex were filled. Attendance was announced as 8,443, a little more than 1,000 below capacity and slightly better than the 8,241 the Devil Rays and Rangers averaged for six dates at Tropicana Field last season.