American League Game Summary - New York at Tampa Bay|
(Wednesday, July 4th)
Final Score: New York 4, Tampa Bay 3
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead, two-run
single in the eighth inning on Wednesday and the Yankees avoided a sweep with
a 4-3 win over the Rays.
Carlos Pena gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead with a two-run homer in the
seventh, but Kyle Farnsworth (0-1) walked the bases loaded a half-inning
later, then issued a free pass to Alex Rodriguez to push across a run. Cano
followed with a line drive up the middle off of Jake McGee, putting New York
on top for good.
"Kyle Farnsworth is a big part of our present and our future. For us to get to
the promised land he's got to perform better, which he shall," said Rays
manager Joe Maddon.
Boone Logan (3-0) earned the win despite giving up Pena's two-run blast, and
the Yankees halted a nine-game losing streak at Tropicana Field.
"A tremendous win for us because this has been a tough place (to play) the
first half of the season for us," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
David Price took a no-hitter into the fifth inning for Tampa Bay. In all, he
gave up four hits -- including a game-tying seventh-inning homer to Mark
Teixeira -- walked two and struck out eight over seven innings in the no
Sean Rodriguez broke up New York starter David Phelps' no-hitter with a
fourth-inning RBI single.
That was the only run charged to Phelps, who was making his third major league
start. He lasted 4 1/3 frames, walked three, and recorded a career-high eight
"I thought he threw the ball pretty well," said Girardi. "(The Rays) made him
work and this is a team that makes you work but I thought he did a nice job
Cano, who has driven in at least one run in a career-high eight straight
contests, finished 2-for-5, extending his hit streak to a season-high 11
games in the process.
Teixeira's 14th homer of the season -- a leadoff shot to left-center -- made
it 1-1. Rodriguez followed with a double and appeared to steal third, but was
sent back to second base due to umpire interference. The call was made
because catcher Jose Lobaton struck the mask of home plate ump Mike Estabrook
during his throw attempt.
Andruw Jones then lofted a fly ball to right field, which likely would have
scored Rodriguez from third. Instead, the Yankees were held off the board and
Pena ripped a one-out, line drive homer in the bottom half to briefly re-
establish the Rays' lead.
Phelps, who has primarily been used a reliever, made his 15th appearance of
the season. His last start was on May 9 against the Rays and also resulted in
a no decision...The Yankees nine-game road losing streak to the Rays was their
longest against any team since dropping 15 straight at Texas from
1989-91...Earlier Wednesday, the Yankees claimed outfielder Darnell McDonald
off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. McDonald was designated for assignment by
the Red Sox on Saturday.
07/04 22:48:16 ET