After completing a four-game sweep of the Orioles at home, the Rays looked to carry that winning momentum and keep pace in the wild card race as they start a three-game series against the Yankees.
Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 and David DeJesus drove in two runs and the Rays (88-69) extended their winning streak to five with a 7-0 victory over the Yankees (82-75) at Yankee Stadium.
The Rays erupted for three runs on three hits in the first inning off Hiroki Kuroda (11-13). Matt Joyce led off the game with his 18th home run of the season to give the Rays the early lead. Wil Myers singled and scored on DeJesus’ double. Longoria’s sacrifice fly scored DeJesus and gave the Rays a 3-0 advantage.
New York threatened to score in the bottom of the third as they loaded the bases with one out. Moore retired Mark Reynolds on a fly ball to right and induced a grounder to third by Eduardo Nunez as the Yankees came up empty in the inning.
In back-to-back innings the Yankees found themselves with another scoring chance in the bottom of the fourth. Vernon Wells reached on a wild pitch strikeout and Chris Stewart walked with one out. Moore once again worked out of the jam on a ground ball by Ichiro Suzuki and an Alex Rodriguez fly out.
Moore continued to work in and out of trouble. New York had two-on and two-out in the bottom of the fifth, but Moore escaped yet again and in total stranded ten Yankee base runners on the evening.
Tampa once again added to their lead in the sixth. Myers walked followed by a ground-ruled double by Longoria and an intentional walk to Ben Zobrist led to a James Loney 2-run double which extended the lead to 5-0.
In the ninth inning Delmon Young's RBI double scored Sam Fuld and DeJesus’ RBI double scored Young to give the Rays all they would need and a 7-0 lead. Matt Moore did not pitch great but did enough to earn his 16th win of the year. The Rays will look for the series win with David Price (8-8, 3.43) facing off against Phil Hughes (4-13, 5.07) Wednesday night with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.