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Suzuki hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Tuesday night.
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"I haven't been able to do much, but hopefully things like this will help me get past it," Suzuki, who is hitting just .220 this season, said through a translator.
Robinson Cano ended AL Cy Young Award winner David Price's night with a leadoff single in the ninth. After Cano stole second on a pitch by Fernando Rodney that struck out Vernon Wells, pinch-hitter Travis Hafner was intentionally walked and Lyle Overbay walked to load the bases.
"We put some tough at-bats on some really tough pitchers," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Tampa Bay is winless in all five of Price's starts this year. The left-hander (0-2) allowed three runs and eight hits over eight-plus innings.
"I thought he threw the ball really well tonight, so if he throws the ball like that and we had scored four runs tonight, he walks away and feels like he was fantastic," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "But we don't score enough runs and he doesn't feel as good about himself. That's just how this baseball thing works."
The only other team to lose the first five starts made by a reigning Cy Young winner was the 1989 Minnesota Twins. They lost in Frank Viola's first seven starts before finally winning on May 9 that year.
A frustrated Price spent just about one minute talking with reporters after the game, saying that there is no satisfaction from what was called a better start and that he wanted to remain in the game.
"We're still 0-5 when I pitch, I don't feel good," Price said. "I want to be in that game. It's like it's my game to lose."
"I just had a feeling I could make it there," Suzuki said. "It was a steal and I was just running. I didn't see where he hit the ball but I heard it, and luckily when I looked up I saw the ball in front of me."
"I felt like I had to pitch well," Hughes said. "Price wasn't going to continue the way he'd been throwing. I knew he was going to be tough, and I though the game was over in the seventh after making that bad pitch [to Molina]. But thankfully the guys fought back hard and got us the win."
Ben Zobrist put the Rays up 1-0 on a first-inning sacrifice fly.
The Yankees tied it at 1 on Wells' RBI single in the fourth, but Price avoided further damage by getting a fly ball from Ben Francisco and Overbay's double-play grounder with runners on first and second with no outs.
Maddon's effort during the current homestand to keep his team loose Tuesday featured a cockatoo, which he had in clubhouse and later on his shoulder as he held his pregame media session. In previous games, Maddon had a DJ play music in the clubhouse and a magician do card tricks, and promised a big animal finale on Wednesday night when the homestand ends.
"Snakes are out," Maddon said. "I will not be in the clubhouse with a snake. Regardless of what people say, I'm not on board with that."
Yankees infielder Kevin Youkilis was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game with lower back tightness. Girardi expects Youkilis will also miss Wednesday's series finale.
|Ichiro Suzuki hits a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning to put the Yankees past the Rays. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, CF||4||0||0||1||0||2||1||.250|
|Eduardo Nunez, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.174|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.342|
|Vernon Wells, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.296|
|Ben Francisco, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.080|
|a- Travis Hafner, PH-DH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.319|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.246|
|Chris Stewart, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.333|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.220|
|Jayson Nix, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||2||3||.225|
|a-was walked intentionally for Francisco in the 9th|
|RBI - Brett Gardner (11), Vernon Wells (9), Ichiro Suzuki 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (3)|
|SB - Eduardo Nunez (2, 2nd base off Price/Molina), Robinson Cano (1, 2nd base off Rodney/Molina)|
|CS - Ichiro Suzuki (1, 2nd base by Price/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Ichiro Suzuki 1|
|New York Yankees|
|David Robertson (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.70|
|Mariano Rivera (S,6)||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||2.57|
|Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 108-78, David Robertson 12-8, Mariano Rivera 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 3-10, Mariano Rivera 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 27, David Robertson 3, Mariano Rivera 4|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Desmond Jennings, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.234|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.302|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||3||0||0||1||0||2||1||.254|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.282|
|Matt Joyce, LF||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.192|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.157|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.313|
|Jose Molina, C||3||0||1||1||0||2||1||.256|
|Kelly Johnson, DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.191|
|2B - Ryan Roberts (2, Hughes)|
|HR - Evan Longoria (5, M. Rivera)|
|SF - Ben Zobrist (2)|
|RBI - Ben Zobrist (13), Evan Longoria (10), Jose Molina (3)|
|CS - Desmond Jennings (2, 2nd base by Hughes/Stewart)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Escobar-Loney, Roberts-Escobar-Loney, Molina-Roberts|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|David Price (L,0-2)||8||8||3||3||0||5||0||5.52|
|IBB - Hafner by Fernando Rodney|
|WP - David Price (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Price 99-71, Fernando Rodney 25-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 7-10|
|Batters Faced - David Price 30, Fernando Rodney 6|
|Attendance - 17644|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Andy Fletcher|