Pirates rally for 11-11 spring training tie with Jays
Toronto Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki hits a single against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of a spring training baseball game, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:32PM EDT
BRADENTON, Fla. - Alen Hanson and Gift Ngoepe hit doubles in the bottom of the ninth and the Pittsburgh Penguins scored three runs in the final frame to finish their spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays with an 11-11 tie on Sunday.
The Blue Jays had scored four in the top of the ninth to take an 11-8 lead before the Pirates stormed back.
Ezequiel Carrera homered for Toronto and Jake Elmore had three runs batted in. Steve Pearce, J.B. Woodman and D.J. Davis each drove in a pair.
Ngoepe went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBIs for Pittsburgh. Michael Suchy hit a two-run homer.
Gerrit Cole went five innings for the Pirates, allowing one run on five hits and striking out five.
Mike Bolsinger started for Toronto, throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Pittsburgh's three runs in the ninth were charged to reliever Matt Dermody.