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Rays Drop Opener At Home Against Yankees

 
Posted April 17th, 2014 @ 10:23pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- It turned out that the team that got home cooking from coming back to Tropicana Field was the New York Yankees.

The Yankees got seven strong innings from C.C. Sabathia and home runs by Alfonso Soriano, Brian McCann, and Yangervis Solarte, while David Price struggled and Rays bats remained relatively silent, dropping an 10-2 decision Thursday.

New York attacked Price early, getting a leadoff infield hit by Jacoby Ellsbury and a walk by Derek Jeter in the top of the first.  The Rays lefthander got Carlos Beltran to pop out and struck out Soriano, but McCann singled in to left away from the shift and brought in Ellsbury to open the scoring.

The Yankees added three more runs an inning later thanks to run-scoring triples by Brian Roberts and Ellsbury, and an RBI single by Jeter.

Tampa Bay had opportunities to get on the scoreboard in both the second and third innings, but Sean Rodriguez grounded into a 5-4-3 triple play after Longoria doubled and Myers walked to lead off the second, and Sabathia struck out Desmond Jennings to end the third after Jose Molina singled and Ben Zobrist walked with two out in the frame.

The Rays finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth, as Logan Forsythe reached on an infield single and Longoria reached on a throwing error by Roberts. Myers grounded into a double play, moving Forsythe to third base, and a passed ball allowed the Tampa Bay left fielder to come home.

New York extended their lead in the next half-inning, as Soriano and McCann hit back-to-back solo home runs off Price to extend the lead to 6-1.

The Yankees tacked on a single run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Ellsbury, scoring Roberts, and another in the seventh when Roberts singled in McCann.

Sean Rodriguez hit his second home run of the season off Sabathia in the seventh to make it 8-2, but Tampa Bay could get no closer.

Solarte capped the scoring in the ninth, blasting a two-run homer, the first of his major-league career, off Grant Balfour to make it 10-2.

The Rays have now dropped four straight, while the Yankees have won their last five straight contests.

Tampa Bay will look to turn around this streak Friday, with Erik Bedard making his first regular season start as a Ray against Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86 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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