BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
The Tampa Bay Rays winning streak continued on Wednesday night as David Price returned to his old form with his first win in a month as the Rays beat the New York Yankees 8-3. Price pitched a stellar seven innings of work holding the Bronx Bombers to only two runs and striking out eight batters, while the Rays bats exploded on Yankees pitching eliminating New York from postseason play.
James Loney began the offensive onslaught on Yankees starter Phil Hughes in the very first inning with an RBI double scoring Wil Myers giving the Rays an early 1-0 lead. The Yanks answered immediately in the bottom half of the frame as Robinson Cano continues to produce in a contract year with an RBI double of his own to tie the game at one a piece.
The Rays put up two more runs on Hughes in the top half of the third inning on a David DeJesus RBI single and a Matt Joyce sacrifice fly. The Rays had a 3-1 lead when Yankees’ third baseman Eduardo Nunez blasted his third home run of the season into the left field stands cutting the lead to 3-2.
The Rays put the game away in the top half of the sixth inning as Evan Longoria blasted his 30th home run of the season putting the Rays up 6-2. With the home run Longoria ties a Rays record with three thirty home run seasons, only matched once before by Carlos Pena. David DeJesus followed Longoria’s blast with one of his own on the very next pitch to make it a 7-2 ball game.
The Yankees threatened in the bottom of the eighth scoring a run on a bases loaded walk by Joel Peralta, but the threat ended immediately following on a ground out by Curtis Granderson. Evan Longoria grabbed the run back for Tampa Bay blasting his second home run of the evening giving the Rays the 8-3 victory.
The win marks David Price’s first victory in his last five starts and helps the Rays keep pace with the Cleveland Indians (who defeated the Chicago White Sox) in the American League Wild Card race. The Rays remain a game up on the tribe with four games to go for the top wild card spot.
The Rays will attempt to sweep the Yankees in Yankee Stadium on Thursday night as they Alex Cobb to go against Ivan Nova for the pinstripes. Catch all the action on 620AM/95.3FM WDAE beginning at 7:00pm.