Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Alfonso Soriano's RBI single with one out in the
bottom of the ninth sent New York to a 6-5 victory over Tampa Bay in the
finale of a three-game set.
Jake McGee (2-3) walked Brett Gardner to start the final frame, and he
advanced on a wild pitch. Derek Jeter was intentionally walked, but Robinson
Cano fanned swinging ahead of Soriano's line smash to center that easily
plated Gardner with the winning run.
Soriano finished 4-for-5 with a two-run homer, three RBI and scored twice to
help New York avoid a sweep at the hands of their division rivals.
Activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the contest, Jeter celebrated
his return to the lineup for the first time since July 11 by going 2-for-4
with a solo homer and two runs scored.
Mariano Rivera (2-2) tossed a perfect top of the ninth for the Yankees, who
got a 4-for-4 performance from Ichiro Suzuki that included a run driven in.
Wil Myers hit a solo homer and a three-run shot, scoring three times in defeat
for the Rays, whose three-game win streak came to an end. Tampa dropped into
second place in the AL East, one-half game back of Boston, which won at
Baltimore earlier Sunday.
Jeter made a dramatic entrance at the plate, hitting a first-pitch, one-out
solo shot to right against Rays starter Matt Moore in the bottom of the first
The homer was the Yanks' first since the All-Star break and first by a right-
handed batter since June 25.
Cano and Soriano then singled to put runners on the corners, and a Vernon
Wells fly to center made it 2-0. A wild pitch moved Soriano to second, and he
scored on Suzuki's single to center.
Tampa hit the scoreboard in the second on Kelly Johnson's double to score
Myers, then moved ahead in the third as Evan Longoria and James Loney singled
with one out ahead of Myers' blast to left for a 4-3 contest.
Jeter singled over Johnson's glove at second to start the home third, advanced
on a Moore balk and scored on Soriano's two-run homer to right which just
eluded Myers' glove at the right-field wall.
Myers drew the Rays even, starting the fifth with a homer to right. It was the
22-year-old's first career multi-homer effort.
New York failed to take the lead despite two on in the seventh, and couldn't
get a runner from second home in the following frame.
Moore ended up working five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with
three strikeouts, while counterpart Phil Hughes was charged with nine hits and
five runs in just four-plus frames ... Moore was bidding to become the
youngest pitcher to reach 15 wins before Aug. 1 since Greg Maddux did it with
the Cubs in 1988 when he reached that mark on Aug. 1 at the age of 22 ...
Prior to the game, former outfielder and 2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui
signed a one-day minor-league contract to retire as a member of the Yankees
... The Rays have never swept a series of three-or-more games vs. the Yankees
in the Bronx ... On Sunday, former Yankees owner Colonel Jacob Ruppert was
posthumously inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving
election by the Pre-Integration Era Committee.
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