Another Nailbiter, But Rays Hold On To Beat Yankees

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ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays got home runs from Jake Bauers and Daniel Robertson, but used some heads-up baserunning and quick thinking on defense to escape Tropicana Field with a 7-6 win over the New York Yankees Monday night.

Bauers got Tampa Bay on the board in the bottom of the first after a two-out double off Luis Severino, coming around to score from second base on a passed ball by Gary Sanchez, who took his time going to get the baseball, allowing the rookie first baseman to scamper home for a 1-0 lead.

New York tied the game in the top of the second as Miguel Andujar's single off Hunter Wood scored Giancarlo Stanton, whose double off Wood began the inning.

Tampa Bay jumped ahead for good in the fifth, as Kevin Kiermaier and Matt Duffy each singled off Severino with one out in front of Bauers, who took a 1-1 slider from Severino that hung up in the strike zone and sent it deep into the seats in right for his sixth home run of the season. 

New York rallied for a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth off Matt Andriese after an error by Robertson and a passed ball by Jesus Sucre, but Tampa Bay counter-punched with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, starting with a solo home run by Daniel Robertson on Severino's first pitch of the inning.

Mallex Smith followed with a double and Willy Adames would single to end Severino's night.  Jesus Sucre made it 6-3 with a base hit that scored Smith, and Adames would score the eventual winning run on a groundout by Duffy.

The seventh inning saw Kevin Cash have to use four pitchers to get three outs, as Diego Castillo walked Neil Walker and Brett Gardner.  Jaime Schultz was brought in and walked Aaron Judge, then Adam Kolarek got Did Gregorius to ground out to allow Walker to as core and make it 7-4, and Stanton singled off Ryne Stanek to cut the lead back to 7-6 bevfore getting out of the inning.

The right-hander would get the first two outs of the eighth before turning over to Jose Alvarado, who got the final four outs of the game, though loaded the bases in the top of the ninth before getting Aaron Hicks to ground into a fielder's choice that erased Gardner at the plate and Sanchez to ground into a 4-6-3 groundout to end the game and register his fourth save.

TUESDAY'S MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Rays (51-49) vs. New York Yankees (63-35), 7:10 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 6:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays starte - RHP Yonny Chirinos (0-1, 3.71 ERA)

Yankees starter - RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.54 ERA)

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