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Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria and Luke Scott homered for the Tampa Bay Rays, but four errors and a shaky relief outing from Wade Davis led to a 7-all tie with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
The game was called after nine innings.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine left his regulars in Fort Myers and opted to bring minor leaguers and backups to Port Charlotte.
Rays manager Joe Maddon used a handful of relievers because scheduled starter Jeff Niemann was a late scratch because of a blister on his right middle finger. Niemann, who beat out Davis for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation, isn't expected to miss his first regular season start.
Davis gave up five runs - only one earned - on five hits in three innings.
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