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Rays Bats Wake Up, Stop Skid Against Yankees

 
Posted April 19th, 2014 @ 1:00am

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- Sometimes all it takes is a baseball to find a hole.  The Tampa Bay Rays finally got theirs Friday.

Tampa Bay stormed back from an early 4-0 deficit to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 Friday at Tropicana Field. 

Erik Bedard had a relatively clean first inning, but the Yankees were able to strike in the second, as  Brian McCann led off the inning with a single.  Yangervis Solarte followed with a single of his own, and Kelly Johnson grounded into a fielder's choice to load the bases.  Scott Sizemore then doubled just out of the reach of center fielder David DeJesus, bringing in all three runners.  A bunt single by Ichiro Suzuki would move Sizemore to third and a fielder's choice grounder by Gardner scored Sizemore to make it 4-0.

The Rays could not answer until the fourth, when Matt Joyce drew a walk off Kuroda with two out and moved to second on a single by Evan Longoria to bring up Loney, who doubled in both runners to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Tampa Bay got back to within a run in the sixth, as Joyce and Longoria each singled with one away.  Loney flew out for the second out, but Wil Myers grounded a single to left to bring in Joyce.

New York answered with a run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Alfonso Soriano, but the Rays came all the way back to take the lead in the bottom of the inning.  Yunel Escobar led off with a base hit off reliever David Phelps, and after Phelps left following a groundout by Ryan Hanigan, pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez reached on a fielder's choice that erased Escobar for the second out.  Ben Zobrist then singled Rodriguez to third, and pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings singled Rodriguez in to make it 5-4.

Longoria then drew a walk to load the bases, and Loney singled in Zobrist and pinch-runner Brandon Guyer.

Tampa Bay added five more runs in the eighth, as Rodriguez hit a two-run homer off Adam Warren, while Guyer had a run-scoring single and Myers hit a two-run single off Cesar Cabral to cap the scoring.

The victory ended both Tampa Bay's four-game skid and New York's five-game winning streak.

The Rays will look to make it two wins in a row Saturday, when Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50 ERA) faces Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with pregame coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

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