Rays slip past Braves

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo home run to help the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves in the opener of a two-game set.

Steven Souza, Evan Longoria, Logan Forsythe and David DeJesus also drove in a run apiece for the Rays, who have won their past two. Erasmo Ramirez (2-1) allowed three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings.

"It was a big team effort tonight because you can't single out one player who carried the load," said Longoria. "We got a bunch of good things out of everyone."

Jace Peterson, Andrelton Simmons and Cameron Maybin each had an RBI for the Braves, who were coming off a three-game sweep of Miami. Mike Foltynewicz (2-1) gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in five innings.

"Obviously you want to keep winning, especially when you come home and play in front of your fans," said Simmons. "But the good thing is that you come right back tomorrow and play."

Tampa got a quick run in the first as Kevin Kiermaier tripled to leadoff and came on a single from Souza for a 1-0 lead.

Atlanta, though, answered in the second. With the bases loaded, Simmons worked a walk to force in a run and Maybin brought in another with a single. A groundout from Peterson later in the frame made it a 3-1 game.

The Rays got one back in the third as Souza singled, stole second and scored on a single from Longoria.

Tampa tied the game in the fourth as Cabrera led off the frame with his second homer of the season, and went on top in the fifth.

With two outs, James Loney kept the inning alive with a walk and took second on a wild pitch. Forsythe then punched a single to left that scored Loney, and DeJesus followed with a double to center that scored Forsythe for a 5-3 lead.

Atlanta didn't get a runner past second the rest of the contest, and Brad Boxberger pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save of the season.

Game Notes

Tampa was 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while Atlanta went just 1- for-5 and stranded six ... Before the game, Atlanta agreed to terms with pitcher Nick Masset on a one-year contract, optioned pitcher Cody Martin to Triple-A Gwinnett and designated pitcher John Cornely for assignment.