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Wil Myers hit a three-run homer and drove in four, and Erik Bedard won his first game started in nearly a year as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 Sunday afternoon in the Bronx.
Tampa Bay opened the scoring in the first, as Logan Forsythe led off the game against Sabathia by doubling off the left-field wall. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Desmond Jennings, and scored on a double by Longoria.
The Yankees countered with a run of their own off Bedard in the second, as Mark Teixeira led off with a single and moved to third on a double by Alfonso Soriano. Kelly Johnson popped out to Yunel Escobar for the first out, but Yangervis Solarte lifted a sacrifice fly to left to bring in Teixeira and tie the game.
The Rays regained the lead in the third, as Jennings doubled with one out, and after Sabathia walked Longoria on four pitches, Myers then lifted a pitch off the top of the wall in centerfield and as Carlos Beltran ran over to collect the baseball, all three men scored as Myers rounded the bases for his fourth home run of the year.
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Myers added a run-scoring double an inning later, scoring Forsythe for a 5-1 lead and ending Sabathia's afternoon.
Bedard meanwhile pitched in to the seventh inning, allowing six hits and a single run, walking one and striking out three for his first win as a starter since June 26, 2013. Jake McGee finished a scoreless seventh, while Joel Peralta pitched a perfect eighth and Grant Balfour closed out the game with a scoreless ninth.
The Rays will have a day off Monday, and will open a six-game homestand with the first of three against the Baltimore Orioles at the Trop Tuesday. Chris Archer will get the start, taking on Chris Tillman. First pitch is set for 7:10 Tuesday night, with coverage starting at 6:00 on WDAE with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.