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Pena, Upton homer; Rays edge Yanks

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays used one unlikely error to pick up another home victory against the New York Yankees.

B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena homered and the Rays took advantage of Mark Teixeira's first fielding blunder of the season, topping the Yankees 4-3 on Monday night.

"And again, just a team victory," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

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Matt Moore (5-5) allowed three runs while scattering nine hits over seven innings to win his fourth straight decision. The Rays stopped a two-game losing streak that had dropped them a season-high 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East.

"The Yankees came in here at the top of the division and we've been hitting a little skid," Moore said. "Hopefully this is a sign for a lot of good things to come."

Tampa Bay has won the last eight games between the teams in Florida, including a season-opening three-game sweep.

Pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad delivered a tying RBI double against David Robertson (0-3) with two down in the seventh inning.

Teixeira then misplayed Elliot Johnson's sharp grounder over first base for his first error in 671 chances this year, enabling Conrad to score the go-ahead run. Teixeira shook his head after the ball scooted under his glove, allowing Johnson to reach third.

"I tried to look, but it was one of those after it goes by you, you go what just happened?" Teixeira said. "I didn't even get leather on it. Usually you can knock it down. I tried to look at video, but I couldn't really even tell what happened. I just missed it. I don't know if it hit the back of the base or the chalk or what. I still have to knock it down. That's the disappointing thing."

Upton and Pena connected against Freddy Garcia, filling in for the injured Andy Pettitte in a New York rotation also missing CC Sabathia.

Joel Peralta worked a perfect eighth for Tampa Bay, and All-Star Fernando Rodney finished for his 23rd save in 24 opportunities.

Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each drove in a run for the Yankees. Granderson's seventh-inning sacrifice fly made it 3-2.

Garcia made four starts before being moved into the bullpen after allowing six runs in 1 2/3 innings of a 7-5 loss to Detroit. The right-hander returned to the rotation to fill in for Pettitte, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list after he fractured a bone in his left leg when he was hit by a batted ball against Cleveland on June 27.

New York scored twice in the first with help from Hideki Matsui, the former Yankees star who overran Teixeira's routine fly to right field that dropped for an RBI double. Alex Rodriguez singled, sending Teixeira to third before Cano lined a single up the middle to stake Garcia to a quick 2-0 lead.

Moore escaped further damage by getting Nick Swisher to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Upton's sixth homer of the season trimmed New York's lead to 2-1, and Pena's second in three nights made it 2-all.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game that Garcia, who had made 10 appearances out of the bullpen since being removed from the rotation, would be limited to 75 pitches. Pena, who is 5 for 42 lifetime against the right-hander, homered on Garcia's 74th -- and last -- pitch.

Garcia allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Notes

  • Matsui left in the second inning due to left hamstring tightness.
  • New York RHP Joba Chamberlain is progressing toward pitching in a minor league game for the first time since dislocating his right ankle bouncing on a trampoline in March. The reliever threw a pair of 20-pitch segments Monday during a batting practice session at the team's minor league complex in Tampa. He said he's scheduled to throw a simulated game on Friday.
  • Sabathia, who strained his left groin on July 24, felt good after he resumed throwing Monday.
  • Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson , who left his most recent start after being hit in the right shin by a line drive off the bat of Prince Fielder , threw a bullpen session and expects to make his next scheduled start on Thursday at Cleveland.
  • Yankees RHP David Aarsdma is undergoing tests after feeling discomfort in his surgically repaired right elbow. The reliever pitched in three Gulf Coast League games before being shut down.
 
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Rays starter Matt Moore scatters nine hits over seven innings to win his fourth straight decision.  (Getty Images)
Rays starter Matt Moore scatters nine hits over seven innings to win his fourth straight decision. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, DH4110012 .298
Curtis Granderson, CF3001021 .244
Mark Teixeira, 1B3121100 .246
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3010101 .266
Robinson Cano, 2B4021002 .313
Nick Swisher, RF4000002 .265
Andruw Jones, LF3010000 .229
   a- Raul Ibanez, PH1000000 .232
Jayson Nix, SS3010001 .236
   b- Eric Chavez, PH1000010 .273
Chris Stewart, C2110101 .270
   c- Dewayne Wise, PH1000000 .244
Totals3239334  
a-grounded out for A. Jones in the 9th
b-struck out for Nix in the 9th
c-grounded out for Stewart in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (14, Moore), Mark Teixeira (19, Moore)
SF - Curtis Granderson (1)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (47), Mark Teixeira (45), Robinson Cano (47)
SB - Jayson Nix (3, 2nd base off Moore/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Teixeira, Nix-Teixeira
E - Mark Teixeira (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Freddy Garcia 5.1522042 5.94
Cody Eppley 1100000 2.75
Boone Logan (H,11) 0.1011100 2.83
David Robertson (BS,3; L,0-3) 0.1110000 2.53
Clay Rapada 0.1000010 3.04
Chad Qualls 0.2000010 4.50
WP - Boone Logan (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 74-46, Cody Eppley 6-5, Boone Logan 12-5, David Robertson 14-7, Clay Rapada 7-5, Chad Qualls 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 4-7, Cody Eppley 2-0, David Robertson 1-1
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 20, Cody Eppley 3, Boone Logan 2, David Robertson 3, Clay Rapada 1, Chad Qualls 2
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF4000002 .234
Carlos Pena, 1B4111020 .200
B.J. Upton, CF4121010 .244
Hideki Matsui, RF0000000 .177
   a- Jeff Keppinger, PH-3B4010011 .319
Ben Zobrist, 2B-RF3000001 .253
Luke Scott, DH2000001 .205
   b- Sean Rodriguez, PH-DH-2B0100100 .211
Jose Lobaton, C3000011 .209
Will Rhymes, 3B-2B2020000 .235
   c- Brooks Conrad, PH-2B^3B1111000 .155
Elliot Johnson, SS3000012 .263
Totals3047316  
a-singled for Matsui in the 4th
b-walked for Scott in the 7th
c-doubled for Rhymes in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brooks Conrad (5, Robertson)
HR - Carlos Pena (12, Garcia), B.J. Upton (6, Garcia)
RBI - Carlos Pena (34), B.J. Upton (27), Brooks Conrad (13)
2-OUT RBI - Brooks Conrad (7)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Zobrist-Pena, Moore-Pena, Johnson-Rhymes-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Moore (W,5-5) 7933330 4.17
Joel Peralta (H,17) 1000000 4.78
Fernando Rodney (S,23) 1000010 0.98
WP - Matt Moore (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 113-70, Joel Peralta 10-5, Fernando Rodney 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 4-11, Joel Peralta 2-1, Fernando Rodney 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Moore 30, Joel Peralta 3, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21742
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Rob Drake