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Yankees slide past Rays

12:24 AM, Jun 23, 2013   |    comments
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Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Vernon Wells delivered a pinch-hit three-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to help lift the New York Yankees to a 7-5 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon.

The Yankees were down 5-3 after prized Tampa Bay rookie Wil Myers hit his first major league home run, a grand slam off starter CC Sabathia (8-5) with two outs in the sixth.

Rays reliever Joel Peralta (1-4) ran into trouble in the seventh, walking two around a one-out Lyle Overbay double before giving way to Jake McGee, who inherited a bases-loaded jam.

McGee almost shutdown the threat, but issued a two-out walk to David Adams before Wells cleared the bases with a drive to right-center that bounced above the outfield wall into a fan's glove. The ruling on the field was spectator interference, not a ground-rule double, and the umpires allowed the third run to score.

David Robertson struck out two Tampa Bay batters in a perfect eighth and Mariano Rivera pitched around an infield single in the ninth to earn his 26th save of the season.


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