ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Jorge Alfaro hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies won their fourth straight game by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night.
Tampa Bay dropped to 0-6 when allowing three or fewer runs.
Vince Velasquez permitted one run, four hits, one walk and had seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings for the Phillies, who were coming off a three-game sweep of Cincinnati.
Jake Faria, coming off a start Saturday at Boston in which he gave up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings, limited Philadelphia to one run and two hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
The Rays came within a few feet of another run in the fourth. Matt Duffy’s two-out fly was dropped by Aaron Altherr, but the right fielder recovered to throw out Duffy at second just before Cron slid across the plate.
Faria held the Phillies hitless until Williams opened the fifth with a single. Williams was then picked off first by catcher Wilson Ramos.
Phillies: RHP Tommy Hunter (strained right hamstring) will take part in an extended spring training game Saturday. … Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said RHPs Jerad Eickhoff (strained right lat) and Mark Leiter Jr. (strained right forearm) are both getting closer to throwing off a mound.
Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier said he is completely over an illness that first impacted him late in spring training. ”That’s a beautiful thing,” Kiermaier said. … RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow surgery) has resumed playing catch.
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