Yankees Earn Wild Win Over Rays

on June 23 2013 3:28 AM

The New York Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Saturday after turning a two-run deficit into a two-run lead in the seventh inning to get the win, 7-5.

In the sixth inning, Rays rookie sensation Wil Myers hit his first home run of his career, and it happened to be a grand slam off CC Sabathia to give Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead. Myers, a right-handed batter, ripped the shot to right field, and it barely cleared the wall, and just got past the glove of center fielder Brett Gardner.

But the Yankees would come back with a big inning. Pinch hitter Vernon Wells delivered with a three-run double in the seventh to help the Yankees off of reliever Jake McGee. The four-run seventh inning proved to be the difference, as the Yankees overcame two lead changes.

"I'm happy these guys came back and were able to overcome that," said Sabathia, according to the Associated Press. Sabathia earned the win despite conceding five earned runs in seven innings. The ace has a 4.09 earned-run average in 2013.

Joe Girardi's bullpen did their job, as David Robertson and Mariano Rivera combined to pitch two scoreless innings.

Rays starter Alex Colome pitched four and one-third innings, and didn't concede an earned run. The Yankees scored three runs off of errors by Colome and first baseman James Loney.

The Yankees are third in the American League East, and 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox. The Rays are tied for fourth place with the Toronto Blue Jays, and are six games out of the division lead.

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