Game 105: New York Yankees 5 Rays 4 — Postgame News and Notes
Tampa Bay tied Saturday’s game in the eighth inning on a Lucas Duda homer, but New York walked off on the Rays in the ninth, and won a third straight game in the four-game set, 5–4. The Rays (53–52) have lost all six games this year in New York after the one-run defeat.
Brad Boxberger, the fifth Rays pitcher, began the ninth after Tommy Hunter had thrown a five-pitch eighth. Against the bottom of the order, Boxberger walked Chase Headley after getting ahead 0–2. Pinch-runner Jacoby Ellsbury stole second, and Todd Frazier then was hit by a pitch. Ronald Torreyes bunted, and on a miscommunication, Boxberger let it go by, loading the bases. Dan Jennings entered and Brett Gardner singled past a drawn-in infield, winning a game for the second straight day.
The Rays had tied the score at four on Duda’s homer in the eighth off David Robertson. It was Duda’s second homer in as many days and games with Tampa Bay.
That helped Tampa Bay overcome a sixth inning homer by Chase Headley. Leading 3–2 going into the sixth, Blake allowed a single to Matt Holliday, then got Didi Gregorius to pop out. Snell was lifted for Sergio Romo. Headley pinch-hit for Garrett Cooper, and tucked an opposite field homer into the first row in left for a 4–3 New York advantage.
That was the third time the Yankees had overcome a one-run deficit in the game. The Rays took a 1–0 lead in the first on a Peter Bourjos leadoff homer off Caleb Smith.
New York drew even in the second. Gary Sanchez started the frame with a leadoff bloop ground-rule double to right. Sanchez later came around to score on a sac fly by Didi Gregorius to tie the game at one.
Tampa Bay moved back ahead in the third. Duda came up with a sac fly to center with the bases full for a 2–1. Snell threw a shutdown innings in the third, working around a leadoff Torreyes double, but Sanchez tied the game at two in the fourth on a homer to left, his 16th.
Steven Souza Jr. was able to get to the daunting Yankee bullpen in the fifth, hitting a two-out solo home run against Adam Warren to give the Rays a 3–2 lead. That was the last Rays lead, setting up the late frames.
Tampa Bay will try to salvage the last game of the series. Coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. on This Week in Rays Baseball with a look at the trades of the past week. The pregame show begins at 12:30, and Dave and Andy will have the call at 1:05. Jake Faria pitches opposite Jordan Montgomery.