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Seven-run sixth gets Rays within half-game of Yanks

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NEW YORK -- B.J. Upton and the Tampa Bay Rays knocked around CC Sabathia, took a few lumps of their own and left the Bronx with the confidence -- and schedule -- that could carry them to an AL East title.

Upton and Carl Crawford each drove in two runs in a seven-run sixth inning, and David Price beat Sabathia in their much-anticipated rematch to lead Tampa Bay past the New York Yankees 10-3 on Thursday night.

Postseason Chase

"I love that we were able to fight back as a group, especially after falling behind 2-0 here against that team," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We had some really good at-bats and kept grinding everything out in typical fashion. To lose the first two games here and end up with a split says a lot."

Price (18-6) labored through six innings but Sabathia (20-7) struggled even more. Tampa Bay beat New York for the second successive day, splitting the four-game set and pulling within a half-game of the first-place Yankees in the AL East.

The victory gave Tampa Bay a 10-8 edge in the season series -- the first tiebreaker to decide the division title if the teams are all square after 162 games. The Rays finish the year by playing Seattle, Baltimore and Kansas City. The Yankees have six games against Boston and three at Toronto.

"I know on paper it looks good, but from my perspective I don't take anybody for granted," Maddon said. "We just have to keep playing the kind of game we played the last two nights. I've been an anti-assumptionist for the last few years -- I don't want to start right now."

New York first baseman Mark Teixeira won't use the schedule as an excuse.

"We have a chance to finish it off. We'll just have to work a little harder," he said. "We can't complain about having a tougher schedule because if that's the case we don't belong in the playoffs anyway."

Yankees reliever Javier Vazquez tied a big-league record by hitting three consecutive batters in the seventh inning as the Rays added two runs without getting a hit. Dodgers right-hander Jeff Weaver was the last do it, nailing three Atlanta Braves on Aug. 21, 2004.

With the game out of hand -- and maybe concerned about retribution -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi emptied his bench for the eighth inning. He even gave up the designated hitter spot, which would have put Vazquez up eighth.

Ten days earlier, Sabathia and Price showed why they're leading candidates for the AL Cy Young Award, each tossing eight scoreless innings in a game the Rays won 1-0 in 11.

In the sequel, neither was as sharp.

Sabathia took a 3-1 lead into the sixth, having thrown 76 pitches and given up six singles. But the Rays were relentless in their big inning.

"I'm supposed to be able to go out there and put up zeros. I wasn't able to do that in the sixth," Sabathia said. "It's disappointing, especially after the guys had scratched out a lead for me."

Crawford beat out an infield hit and Evan Longoria doubled. After a strikeout, five consecutive batters reached. Rocco Baldelli tapped a ball partway up the third-base line for an RBI hit and Willy Aybar had an RBI single. Kelly Shoppach walked to load the bases before Sean Rodriguez walked on a full-count pitch.

That gave the Rays a 4-3 lead and ended Sabathia's outing -- he walked off the field questioning plate umpire Andy Fletcher's call. Upton greeted birthday boy Joba Chamberlain with a two-run double.

"He looked like CC to me," Upton said. "That one big inning, that was the only tough inning he had."

Crawford drove in two runs with his second single of the inning. The Rays matched their most runs in an inning this year.

Sabathia gave up a season-high seven runs in 5 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since going five innings against the Mets on May 23.

Price gave up a long two-run homer to Marcus Thames in the second to break the string of zeros between aces. Ben Zobrist had an RBI single in the third to snap Sabathia's run.

The Yankees went up 3-1 in the fifth on Nick Swisher's single but left the bases loaded.

Price left after six innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks. He struck out seven.

"I'll take it," Price said. "It's a tough place to pitch. That's a tough lineup."

In Vazquez's wild seventh, Shoppach was hit with a pitch to force in the first run and pinch-hitter Dan Johnson hit a sacrifice fly for a 10-3 lead.

Notes

  • Chamberlain celebrated his 25th birthday.
  • Derek Jeter has hit safely in a season-high 12 consecutive games.
  • The only other time the Rays won the season series against the Yankees was in 2005.
  • New Knicks F Amare Stoudemire threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
 
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CC Sabathia trudges off after failing to get through the sixth inning, in which Tampa Bay turns a 3-1 deficit into an 8-3 lead. (US Presswire)
CC Sabathia trudges off after failing to get through the sixth inning, in which Tampa Bay turns a 3-1 deficit into an 8-3 lead. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
B.J. Upton, CF5122131 .236
Jason Bartlett, SS5120016 .252
Carl Crawford, LF5132003 .309
Evan Longoria, 3B3110103 .294
   a- Reid Brignac, PH-2B1000000 .268
Ben Zobrist, 1B-2B^3B4111114 .246
Rocco Baldelli, RF3021000 .235
    Desmond Jennings, PR-RF1200000 .188
Willy Aybar, DH3121000 .237
Kelly Shoppach, C3101112 .190
Sean Rodriguez, 2B2101121 .256
   b- Dan Johnson, PH-1B1001011 .225
Totals3610131059  
a-grounded out for Longoria in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for S. Rodriguez in the 7th
Batting
2B - B.J. Upton (35, Chamberlain), Evan Longoria (46, Sabathia)
SF - Dan Johnson (2)
SH - Willy Aybar (2)
RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (57), Carl Crawford 2 (86), Ben Zobrist (72), Rocco Baldelli (5), Willy Aybar (41), Kelly Shoppach (16), Sean Rodriguez (40), Dan Johnson (21)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (26), Ben Zobrist (32)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Longoria-Zobrist-Johnson
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (W,18-6) 6833471 2.84
Mike Ekstrom 1100000 3.77
Jake McGee 1000010 3.00
Andy Sonnanstine 1000000 4.58
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 107-64, Mike Ekstrom 10-6, Jake McGee 15-10, Andy Sonnanstine 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 4-7, Mike Ekstrom 2-0, Andy Sonnanstine 1-2
Batters Faced - David Price 30, Mike Ekstrom 3, Jake McGee 3, Andy Sonnanstine 3
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS3010110 .267
    Eduardo Nunez, SS1000000 .298
Nick Swisher, RF3021110 .291
    Colin Curtis, RF1000000 .186
Mark Teixeira, 1B4010016 .254
    Juan Miranda, 1B1000000 .222
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2000201 .272
    Ramiro Pena, 3B0000000 .231
Robinson Cano, 2B4120005 .321
Marcus Thames, DH-LF4112014 .295
Jorge Posada, C3000030 .260
    Chad Moeller, C1000000 .214
Curtis Granderson, CF3000000 .246
    Kevin Russo, 2B1000010 .184
Greg Golson, LF-CF4120000 .278
Totals3539348  
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (34, Price), Greg Golson (2, Price)
HR - Marcus Thames (12, Price)
RBI - Nick Swisher (86), Marcus Thames 2 (33)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Swisher 1
DP - Sabathia-Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia (L,20-7) 5.11077360 3.26
Joba Chamberlain 0.2211000 4.43
Javier Vazquez 3122230 5.07
HBP - Jennings (by Javier Vazquez), Aybar (by Javier Vazquez), Shoppach (by Javier Vazquez)
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 111-71, Joba Chamberlain 11-7, Javier Vazquez 60-33
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 4-4, Joba Chamberlain 1-1, Javier Vazquez 3-3
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 27, Joba Chamberlain 4, Javier Vazquez 15
Game Information
Attendance - 47646
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Adrian Johnson