First game of the spring, a chance for 3B Evan Longoria to ease back into action? Hardly.

Longoria had two hits Tuesday and found himself running around the bases in the Rays' 7-2, rain-shortened six-inning win against the visiting Astros at Charlotte Sports Park.

"I felt good. I felt like it was normal," Longoria said. "I don't know how it looks, but I know it feels and looks like it feels 100 percent better than it did at the end of the season last year, and that's all that matters."

Longoria, who missed 85 games last season because of a partially torn left hamstring that required surgery in November, singled in the first inning and was eventually thrown out at the plate trying to score from second base on a RBI single by Shelley Duncan.

Longoria singled past shortstop in the second inning and scored from first base on LF Leslie Anderson's two-run triple.

"We're setting a plan right now this spring as far as what's going to be smart and what I need to do to get ready for the season," Longoria said. "The target is April 1 not February 30. I was really glad to be out there and get tested and get through that stuff and get a couple of at-bats.

Longoria said he was expecting the stop sign from 3B coach Tom Foley in the first inning. When he didn't see one he kept running because that was a safer option than placing stress on the hamstring by stopping.

Rays manager Joe Maddon estimated Longoria ran at about 80 percent of his normal speed.

"There may have been more in the tank, but I liked what he did first time out a lot," Maddon said. "I don't want him to do too much right now. But being able to see the whole thing work it looked very familiar."