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Tampa Bay (38-35) «0120011308140
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Longoria homers twice as Rays roll past Yankees

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Evan Longoria homered twice. Matt Moore pitched impressively into the seventh inning. From Desmond Jennings to Yunel Escobar, there were contributions throughout the Tampa Bay lineup.

That's how manager Joe Maddon imagined this pesky club would perform all year.

"That's the way it's supposed to look like," Maddon said after the Rays sent the New York Yankees to their seventh loss in nine game, 8-3 Thursday night.

Longoria reached 500 career RBIs with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. He connected against Andy Pettitte (5-5) leading off the sixth and again off Joba Chamberlain to open the eighth.

Escobar hit a two-run shot off Boone Logan later in the eighth as the Rays' won a second straight after losing six of seven.

"We've had some tough losses in the past week but the guys hung in there really well," Maddon said. "It's going to be the roller coaster AL East all summer."

Tampa Bay had 14 hits after amassing 15 in a 6-2 win over Boston on Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old Moore (9-3) snapped a three-start skid. The lefty opened the season 8-0 before yielding 20 runs over 12 1-3 innings in three starts this month. He blanked the Yankees until the sixth when two walks and a single loaded the bases with no outs.

A wild pitch scored one run, Robinson Cano had a sacrifice fly and Travis Hafner followed with an RBI grounder that pulled the Yankees to 4-3.

"Things were going well until the sixth inning," Moore said. "That was kind of the makey or breaky type of moment where it's either going to be a five-run inning with Robbie Cano up, bases loaded, no outs. Or you could keep the team in the game the way we were able to."

Moore then got an out in the seventh before being lifted following Lyle Overbay's ground-rule double to left field, only the fourth hit he allowed.

Jose Lobaton opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the second following a wild pitch by Pettitte. Ben Zobrist had an RBI single in the third in the Rays' first visit to the Bronx this year.

Jennings and Sean Rodriguez had consecutive two-out doubles in the seventh to chase Pettitte, making his first start as a 41-year-old -- his birthday was Saturday.

"For me it's another frustrating night," Pettitte said. "We come back and score three runs and I go out there and give them right back. Joe (Girardi) trusts me to get out of the inning and I can't get Rodriguez out. I need to be able to shut these guys down."

Jennings put Pettitte in trouble on the first pitch of the game, hitting a double that landed on the left-field line for his first of his three hits.

The Rays started the third with three straight singles. Jennings led off with a single and went to second when the ball scooted under center fielder Brett Gardner's glove for an error. After Rodriguez singled, Zobrist, who came in 9 for 22 (.409) against Pettitte, drove in Jennings with a single.

Longoria's sacrifice fly made it 3-0 and gave the All-Star third baseman 500 RBIs in 710 games, eighth quickest to reach the mark in major league history.

"It's a pretty good amount of RBIs. It's something I'm pretty proud of," Longoria said. "Hopefully there'll be a ton more."

In 6 2/3 innings, Pettitte gave up five runs and nine hits. He has given up 14 runs in four starts since returning from the disabled list June 3.

Pitching coach "Larry (Rothschild) said for the first five innings he didn't make a lot of mistakes, but the ones he made they hit them," manager Joe Girardi said.

Notes

  • Maddon said RHP Alex Colome will start Saturday.
  • Tampa Bay played its 2,500th game in franchise history. The Rays, who started out as the Devil Rays in 1998, are 1,141-1,359 overall. Rothschild was Tampa Bay's first manager. Current Rays bench coach Dave Martinez singled for the team's first hit.
  • Rays ace David Price (left triceps strain) is scheduled to make his first rehabilitation start Friday for Class A Charlotte.
  • There was a moment of silence for actor and Yankees fan James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday.
  • Yankees broadcaster and former catcher John Flaherty was in the Rays' first lineup.
  • Yankees OF Vernon Wells went 0 for 3 and is 6 for 59 in June.
 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
New York

B. Gardner
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF4230101 .259
Sean Rodriguez, LF5121022 .256
Ben Zobrist, 2B5021023 .272
Evan Longoria, 3B3223101 .307
Wil Myers, RF5110013 .176
Jose Molina, DH3000011 .260
    Matt Joyce, PH-DH2110012 .265
Yunel Escobar, SS4122000 .243
Jose Lobaton, C3001000 .268
James Loney, 1B4010021 .299
Totals38814829  
a-doubled for Molina in the 8th
Batting
2B - Desmond Jennings 2 (17, Pettitte), Sean Rodriguez (4, Pettitte), Matt Joyce (13, Logan)
HR - Evan Longoria 2 (16, Pettitte), Yunel Escobar (6, Logan)
SF - Evan Longoria (5), Jose Lobaton (1)
RBI - Sean Rodriguez (10), Ben Zobrist (38), Evan Longoria 3 (46), Yunel Escobar 2 (29), Jose Lobaton (16)
2-OUT RBI - Sean Rodriguez (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Zobrist-Loney, Escobar-Zobrist-Loney-Escobar-Zobrist-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Moore (W,9-3) 6.1433340 4.13
Jake McGee (H,13) 0.2000000 5.14
Jamey Wright 1100010 3.38
Kyle Farnsworth 1100100 5.23
WP - Matt Moore (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 99-63, Jake McGee 6-5, Jamey Wright 15-12, Kyle Farnsworth 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 8-6, Jake McGee 2-0, Jamey Wright 2-0, Kyle Farnsworth 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Moore 25, Jake McGee 2, Jamey Wright 4, Kyle Farnsworth 4
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF3120100 .285
Jayson Nix, 3B3100122 .256
Robinson Cano, 2B3001012 .275
Travis Hafner, DH4001002 .216
Vernon Wells, LF3000000 .221
    Zoilo Almonte, PH1010000 .500
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4010001 .270
Lyle Overbay, 1B3010121 .243
Chris Stewart, C3000102 .256
Reid Brignac, SS3110002 .185
Totals3036245  
a-singled for V. Wells in the 9th
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay (16, Moore)
SF - Robinson Cano (1)
RBI - Robinson Cano (43), Travis Hafner (33)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Nix-Cano-Overbay
E - Brett Gardner (2, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andy Pettitte (L,5-5) 6.2955161 4.20
Joba Chamberlain 0.2111021 6.06
Boone Logan 0.2322001 2.33
Preston Claiborne 1100110 1.61
WP - Andy Pettitte (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 96-66, Joba Chamberlain 15-10, Boone Logan 20-12, Preston Claiborne 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 6-7, Boone Logan 1-1, Preston Claiborne 1-1
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 29, Joba Chamberlain 3, Boone Logan 5, Preston Claiborne 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37649
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Al Porter