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Tampa Bay Can't Hold Lead, Finish Sunday With Tie Against Yankees

 
Tampa Bay Can't Hold Lead, Finish Sunday With Tie Against Yankees
Posted March 9th, 2014 @ 3:49pm

by Steve Carney
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Chris Archer threw three-plus innings of shutout ball, but the Yankees rallied from a 3-1 eighth-inning deficit to force a 3-3 tie with the Rays after ten innings.

Both Archer and New York's David Phelps were brilliant in their outings, as neither allowed a run and each man gave up just a handful of hits, with Archer pitching into the fourth and Phelps completing five innings.

Tampa Bay got on the scoreboard in the seventh, as James Loney led off the inning against Brian Bilinngs by doubling into the visiting bullpen.  Sean Rodriguez then laid down a bunt taht Billings threw wide of Kelly Johnson at first base, and pinch-hitter Kevin Kiermaier came home to make it 1-0.

Ryan Hanigan would single in Rodriguez two batters later to extend the lead to 2-0.

New York would cut the lead back to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Brian Roberts, but Mahtook would push the lead back to two runs with an RBI single in the top of the eighth.

A throwing error by Eddy Rodriguez would allow the Yankees to get back to within a run, but C.J. Riefenhauser got Tampa Bay out of the inning with the lead.

Braulio Lara tried to finish off New York in the ninth, but allowed the tying run to score on a wild pitch.

The Rays next head to Fort Myers to take on the Boston Red Sox, with jake Odorizzi getting the start against Jon Lester.  First pitch from JetBlue Park is scheduled for 1:05.

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