Jake Bauers’s two-run homer leads Rays past Blue Jays

After hitting a home run, Tampa Bay Rays' Jake Bauers, right, trades a high fives with Nick Franklin (2) in the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Dunedin, Fla. (John Raoux/AP)

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jake Bauers hit a two-run home run as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Saturday afternoon in spring training action.

Roemon Fields’s pop fly to left field cashed in Jake Elmore from third to make it 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, but that was as close as Toronto (6-13) got. Mat Latos took the loss, giving up a hit and two earned runs in 3 2/3 innings pitched.

Dayron Varona had an RBI double for Tampa Bay (10-9), while Chase Whitley earned the win, giving up just two hits in four innings of work.

Mike Ohlman’s groundout in the sixth was the Blue Jays’ first run of the game, cutting Tampa’s lead to 3-1.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.