Yankees rally past Rays on bases-loaded walkJul 19, 2011 - 6:07 AM New York Yankees rallied to take a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays to open a four-game series.
David Robertson (3-0) earned the win by pitching a scoreless eighth inning for New York.
A.J. Burnett started the game and lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and six walks in the Yankees' third straight win.
Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 24th save of the year.
Alexander Torres (0-1) took the loss when he allowed the deciding run to cross the plate in the ninth.
Alex Cobb started for the Rays in place of the injured Wade Davis, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 7 with a right forearm strain, and allowed two runs -- one earned -- in six innings. However, Tampa took its fifth loss in six games. That includes a 1-0 defeat in 16 innings Sunday night to the Red Sox.
"Going into tonight, fighting through seven or eight innings with these guys, tough loss at the end...you've got to stop the momentum in the wrong direction," Cobb said.
Torres, who was recalled from Triple-A Durham prior to the game, started the ninth for Tampa Bay with the game tied at four.
Curtis Granderson led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on Robinson Cano's groundout to put the go-ahead run 90 feet away with two outs. Torres then gave three straight free passes to Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones and Russell Martin to allow Granderson to cross the plate.
"It's just patience by our hitters, not trying to do it all at once," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We got some walks that really helped us."
Granderson also got the Yankees' offense started in the first, when he reached on a bunt single with one out, stole second and moved to third when Sean Rodriguez bobbled a Mark Teixeira grounder in shallow right field.
Cano then hit a grounder to short, but hustled down the line to foil the potential inning-ending double play, scoring Granderson and giving New York an early one-run advantage.
Johnny Damon walked to lead off the bottom of the frame and Ben Zobrist followed with a single before Evan Longoria laced a double into the left- center gap to bring them both home.
A Casey Kotchman single advanced Longoria to third and, after B.J. Upton grounded into a double play, Rodriguez hit a high chopper to the right of the mound. Burnett turned and fielded the ball, but his throw to first was low and bounced past Teixeira, allowing Longoria to score and giving the Rays a 3-1 lead.
Tampa Bay's Robinson Chirinos made his first big league at-bat a memorable one when he led off the second by hammering the first pitch he saw into the right- center gap for a double.
Burnett settled in to strike out the next two batters, but then walked Zobrist and Longoria to load the bases. Kotchman followed with a grounder to short that Derek Jeter stopped with a diving grab, but his throw to second for the force attempt was late and Chirinos scored. Upton's fly to the warning track in the left-field corner ended the inning.
Brett Gardner walked to lead off the fifth and moved to third with two outs, then scored when Teixeira legged out a single on a ball fielded in shallow right field by Rodriguez.
Cano came up next, but his plate appearance was delayed when a bank of lights went out as Tropicana Field was struck by lightning. The game was delayed for 17 minutes, and Cano grounded out to keep it a 4-2 game.
Hector Noesi replaced Burnett in the sixth after Damon hit a one-out single and Zobrist followed with a walk. Noesi loaded the bases with a walk, but Upton came up empty again, caught looking at a fastball on the low-and-outside corner.
Cano led off the eighth with a single on a sinking liner into center field and Swisher followed with a walk. After pinch-hitter Jones flied out to center, pitcher Cesar Ramos was replaced by Kyle Farnsworth.
Martin greeted him with a single to load the bases and Gardner slapped a single through the left side of the infield to plate Cano. Nunez followed with a grounder to short, Gardner broke up the force to allow Swisher to cross the plate for the tying run.
Tampa Bay placed pitcher Juan Cruz and catcher Jose Lobaton on the 15-day disabled list, recalled Cobb and Chirinos from Durham and designated pitcher Adam Russell for assignment Monday...New York placed infielder Ramiro Pena on the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Brandon Laird from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Monday...Tampa Bay fell to 2-4 against New York this season...The Yankees improved to 15-17 in series openers this year.
- NEW YORK: 5
TAMPA BAY: 4
Jul 18 11:12 PM
- Russell Martin walk scored Curtis Granderson with two out. Bases loaded and Brett Gardner due up.
Yankees 5, Rays 4 Top 9, 2 OutsJul 18 11:00 PM
- Eduardo Nunez advances to second on defensive indifference. Runners on second and third with two outs and Derek Jeter at the plate.
Yankees 4, Rays 4 Top 8, 2 OutsJul 18 10:31 PM
- Mark Teixeira single to second scored Brett Gardner with two out. On the play, Curtis Granderson advances to second. Runners on first and second with Robinson Cano due up.
Yankees 2, Rays 4 Top 5, 2 OutsJul 18 8:50 PM
- Casey Kotchman single to short scored Robinson Chirinos with two out. On the play, Evan Longoria advances to second and Ben Zobrist advances to third. Bases loaded with B.J. Upton due up.
Yankees 1, Rays 4 Bot 2, 2 OutsJul 18 7:59 PM
- Sean Rodriguez reached second on A.J. Burnett's throwing error scoring Evan Longoria with two out. Runner on second and Justin Ruggiano due up.
Yankees 1, Rays 3 Bot 1, 2 OutsJul 18 7:34 PM
- Casey Kotchman singled to center. On the play, Evan Longoria advances to third. Runners on first and third with none out and B.J. Upton due up.
Yankees 1, Rays 2 Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 18 7:28 PM
- Robinson Cano grounded into a fielder's choice to short scoring Curtis Granderson with two out. Mark Teixeira out at second. Runner on first and Nick Swisher due up.
Yankees 1, Rays 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJul 18 7:18 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
TAMPA BAY: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 18 7:10 PM
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