The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays by the score of 7-6 on Sunday afternoon. The game was played at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Adam Warren started for the Yankees and did not pitch great although a lot of runs were unearned. The Yankees used eight pitchers out of relief and they pitched well. Eduardo Nunez and Kevin Youkilis had good games to lead the offense.
Warren pitched 3 2/3 innings giving up six hits and five runs with one of them being earned. He walked two and struck out two, Vidal Nuno pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits and gave up a walk, Cody Eppley pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk and struck out one. Mariano Rivera pitched an inning giving up two hits and struck out one, Joba Chamberlain pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Boone Logan pitched an inning giving up a walk and striking out two. David Aardsma pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run and struck out one, Josh Spence faced one batter and retired him and Preston Claiborne pitched 2/3 of an inning striking out one.
Brett Gardner had a hit, Nunez had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk and Ronnier Mustelier had a hit and an RBI which was the game winning homerun. Ichiro Suzuki had a hit, Youkilis had two hits and four RBI and Travis Hafner had a hit and an RBI. Dan Johnson drew a walk, Juan Rivera had a hit and Ben Francisco drew a walk. Francisco Cervelli had a hit, Jayson Nix drew a walk and Nunez hit a triple. Youkilis hit two homeruns, Hafner and Mustelier each hit a homerun. The Yankees were 2-6 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. Nunez had a stolen base and was caught stealing and Youkilis committed an error.
Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven innings giving up eight hits and four runs giving up two walks and striking out one. Jamey Wright pitched two innings giving up a hit and two runs with two walks and Josh Lueke took the loss not recording an out and giving up a hit and a run.
Desmond Jennings had two hits and two RBI, Mike Fontenot drew a walk and Kelly Johnson had a hit and drew two walks. Ben Zobrist had four hits and an RBI, Matt Joyce had two hits and an RBI and Shelley Duncan had a hit. Yunel Escobar had a hit and drew a walk, Jake Hager had a hit and an RBI and Ryan Roberts had a hit. Sean Rodriguez drew a walk, Jennings hit two doubles and Hager hit a double. The Rays were 5-14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Joyce had a stolen base and Escobar and Zobrist were each caught stealing. Joyce had an outfield assist.
Joyce hit an RBI single in the first and Youkilis hit a two run homerun to make it a 2-1 game. Nunez hit an RBI triple in the third inning to make it 3-1 in favor of the Yankees. The Rays scored four runs in the fourth inning to make it 5-3 Rays. Duncan scored on an error by Youkilis, Jennings hit a two run double and Zobrist hit an RBI single. Hafner hit a solo homerun in the sixth inning to make it 5-4 Rays. The Yankees scored two runs in the eighth inning. Youkilis hit a two run homerun to make it 6-5 Yankees, the Rays tied it in the ninth and then Mustelier hit a walkoff homerun in the tenth to win it 7-6 for the Yankees.
The Yankees record fell to 12-17 and the Rays record improved to 14-14. The Yankees will have an off day on Monday and then play the Houston Astros on Tuesday. The Yankees only have four games left in Florida.
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