03/15/08 4:20 PM ET
Hammel throws five scoreless
Pena knocks two-run home run off Smoltz in five-run fifth
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Saturday, March 15 Rays at the plate: Carlos Pena drilled a two-run homer to cap a five-run fifth inning against John Smoltz. Reid Brignac had a two-run double earlier in the inning. Braves at the plate: Martin Prado's RBI double and Gregor Blanco's two-run single highlighted a three-run seventh inning. The Braves then scored seven in the eighth inning, including a grand slam from catcher Corky Miller. Brian McCann and Jeff Francoeur both had a pair of singles. Rays on the mound: Starter Jason Hammel, who surrendered nine earned runs and nine hits in just 3 1/3 innings against the Indians on Monday, limited the Braves to three hits in five scoreless innings. Braves on the mound: Making his Grapefruit League debut, Smoltz held the Rays scoreless for the first four innings and then struggled during a five-run fifth inning. Also making his exhibition season debut, closer Rafael Soriano surrendered two singles in a scoreless sixth inning. Grapefruit League records: Rays 12-3-1; Braves 10-7-2. Up next for Rays: James Shields and Troy Percival are both scheduled to pitch when the Rays host the Tigers at Al Lang Field on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 ET. The game will be on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio, and will also be broadcast on 1250 AM WHNZ and televised on Fox Sports Net.
Up next for Braves: Tom Glavine will get the start for the Braves when they begin their two-game series against the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., on Sunday afternoon at 1:05. The game will be on Gameday Audio, and will also be broadcast on WGST 640 AM and 94.9 The Bull.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.