American League Game Summary - New York at Tampa Bay
(Saturday, May 25th)
Final Score: New York 4, Tampa Bay 3 (11 innings)
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Lyle Overbay provided the winning margin
with a solo homer in the top of the 11th inning, and the New York Yankees
overcame a two-run deficit in the ninth to rally for a 4-3 victory over the
Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
The Yankees trailed 3-1 entering the final at-bat before tying the game on a
Brett Gardner single that followed Brennan Boesch's pinch-hit RBI double off
Rays closer Fernando Rodney with two outs.
Ivan Nova (2-1) worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of
10th to earn the win and enable the Yankees to take their first series at
Tropicana Field since Apr. 9-11, 2010.
New York had lost in 13 of its last 16 visits to St. Petersburg prior to
Friday's 9-4 triumph in the opener of this three-game set.
"It doesn't seem like we've won a whole lot of games here the last few years,
they've really had our number," Gardner remarked. "It feels good to come in
here and win the first two and try to go for the sweep tomorrow."
The Rays were dealt a third straight defeat overall, while Matt Moore fell
short of becoming the first nine-game winner in the majors this season despite
holding the Yankees to one run and five hits through six innings of work.
Moore was matched for most of the afternoon by Vidal Nuno, with the Yankees'
rookie charged with two runs allowed on five hits over six-plus frames.
Josh Lueke (0-2) was tagged with the loss after serving up Overbay's go-ahead
The struggling Rodney came on to protect a 3-1 lead and retired the first two
Yankee hitters in the ninth before Overbay worked a walk to keep New York's
hopes alive. Boesch, called up from the minors earlier in the day, then lofted
a fly ball that dropped fair just inside the left-field line to send home
Overbay and bring up Gardner, who delivered a base hit to center on a 1-2
count that evened the score and eventually forced extras.
It was Rodney's fifth blown save in 10 chances this season.
"This has been really awkward to watch," said Rays manager Joe Maddon of
Rodney's problems. "I think three of the blown saves have come on the last
pitch. I've not lost any patience with him, honestly."
The Rays had a golden opportunity to take Rodney off the hook in the 10th
after singles by Ryan Roberts and Evan Longoria and a walk to Ben Zobrist
filled the sacks with one out. Nova managed to bear down and record a huge
strikeout of James Loney, however, before getting Matt Joyce to ground out and
keep the contest even.
Lueke also began the 11th with two straight outs, but Overbay hooked a
fastball just inside the right-field foul pole to send the Yankees in front
and Mariano Rivera tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning to notch his 18th
successful save opportunity to start the season.
"I've been missing fastballs all day," said Overbay afterward. "It was just
good to get on top of one instead of being late and underneath it."
Nuno kept the Rays off balance throughout his second career major league
start, which ended when gave up a leadoff single to Loney with the game tied
at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Joyce then greeted reliever Shawn Kelley
with a double down the right-field line that set up pinch-hitter Kelly
Johnson's go-ahead base hit off Boone Logan.
Preston Claiborne took over for Logan and induced a grounder from Yunel
Escobar that New York shortstop Jayson Nix fielded and fired home, with Joyce
narrowly sliding under the tag to give Tampa Bay a 3-1 edge.
The Yankees did their damage against Moore early, as Gardner laced the young
standout's fourth pitch of the day into the right-field corner for a double.
Moore set down the next two hitters, but Travis Hafner came through with a
clutch single up the middle to bring in the game's first run.
That score stood until the bottom of the fifth, when the Rays broke through
against Nuno with a pair of doubles from Jose Molina and Desmond Jennings that
knotted the contest at 1-1. The lefty had permitted just two hits and a walk
over the first four frames.
New York failed to muster much offensively over the remainder of Moore's
stint, though a two-out walk to Hafner followed by a David Adams single in the
sixth put runners at the corners. Moore was able to get Ichiro Suzuki to
ground into a fielder's choice, however, and end the mild threat.
Boesch was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre when the Yankees
officially placed outfielder Curtis Granderson, who fractured his left knuckle
after being hit by a pitch from the Rays' Cesar Ramos in Friday's opener ...
The Rays suffered their first loss in Moore's 10 starts this season ... The
Yankees improved their MLB-best record to 21-1 when scoring first this year
... Gardner and Suzuki each finished with two hits for New York, while
Longoria went 2-for-5 one day after having a 16-game hit streak snapped.
05/25 22:39:31 ET
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