BRADENTON, Fla. -- In the fifth meeting between the teams, the Pirates finally did not lose to the Rays. They didn't beat them, either.
The teams played to a 3-3 tie in nine innings on Friday, as the Bucs somewhat salvaged the final Grapefruit League matchup with Tampa Bay, which owns four of its total of eight spring wins over Pittsburgh.
Matt Hague drew the Pirates into a tie with a two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Burke Badenhop, after Tampa Bay lefty Matt Moore had throttled the Bucs on three hits for six innings.
Hague's homer, his team-leading fifth of the spring, erased the 3-1 lead Jose Molina had given the Rays with a bases-clearing double off Brad Lincoln in the top of the inning.
Moore walked one and struck out three in his longest outing of the spring. The rookie left-hander went 4 2/3 innings in a Minor League game last Saturday.
Molina's two-out hit to right-center field came after Tampa Bay had loaded the bases against Lincoln on a single by Evan Longoria and walks to Ben Zobrist and Jeff Keppinger.
Five Pirates relievers combined to hold the Rays to five hits.
"It was a very efficient day, for the most part, for everybody," said Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle. "They mixed their pitches well, threw fastballs for strikes, got their secondary pitches into play when they wanted to."
Casey McGehee had given the Pirates a 1-0 lead with a homer off Moore with two outs in the fourth.
Up next: A day before they split for Pennsylvania, the Pirates will play their only split-squad games of the spring in a pair of 1:05 p.m. ET contest. Kevin Correia starts against the Twins in Fort Myers, while Opening Day pitcher Erik Bedard opposes the Orioles in the McKechnie Field finale. The Bucs will break their one-year-old Grapefruit League attendance record, opening the gates on Saturday 1,333 shy of last year's record gate of 80,003.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.