American League Game Summary - New York at Tampa Bay
(Tuesday, September 4th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, New York 2
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Evan Longoria slugged a two-run homer,
while both B.J. Upton and Desmond Jennings hit solo shots as the Tampa Bay
Rays took down the New York Yankees, 5-2, in the second edition of a three-
Upton finished with two RBI and Jennings scored twice for the Rays, who have
won the first two in the set and four straight overall.
Alex Cobb (9-8) allowed four hits and a pair of runs over seven innings,
fanning five with one walk.
"I stuck to my game plan," Cobb said. "When I established I was in the zone
and got their bats in swing mode, I was able to work a little bit out of the
zone and make them chase after some pitches."
Fernando Rodney picked up his 42nd save and second in as many days with a
Robinson Cano's two-run blast in the first inning was all the offense for the
Yankees, who fell into a tie atop the AL East with Baltimore. The Orioles
crushed Toronto, 12-0, earlier Tuesday.
"It's hard to win if you don't hit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We've
had a tough time scoring runs the last couple of weeks. ... That's been part
of our problem."
Freddy Garcia (7-6) was tagged in defeat for five runs on five hits with four
walks and five strikeouts.
Tampa moved ahead for good in the third, taking advantage of Garcia, who
failed to bear down with two outs. Ben Zobrist worked a walk and Longoria
launched a ball which barely made it to the seats in left center for a 3-2
Jennings began the home fifth with a homer to left and Upton added one to
center to make it a 5-2 game.
Cobb stranded a man on third in the second, then induced an inning-ending
double-play grounder from Cano with two on and one out in the third. He
retired his final 10 batters after a two-out base hit from Jayson Nix in the
Joel Peralta kept the Yanks at bay in the eighth and Rodney worked around a
one-out single from Alex Rodriguez in the final frame.
Cano's two-run homer in the first was countered in the home half by Upton's
Cobb has won his last five decisions since Aug. 1 ... Cano's home run marked
the first time in 10 home starts this season that Cobb allowed a homer, a
streak which ended at 53 innings ... Prior to the game, the Yankees recalled
infielder Casey McGehee from Single-A Charleston ... Yankees manager Joe
Girardi was ejected following the top of the fourth inning
for arguing balls and strikes by home plate umpire Tony Randazzo.
09/05 00:58:11 ET
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