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Granderson sac fly in 11th lifts Yankees past Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alfonso Soriano used his legs to help produce a key run for the New York Yankees.

Curtis Granderson drove in Soriano with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning and the Yankees avoided a three-game sweep by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday.

Soriano started the winning rally with a one-out double off Jamey Wright (2-2). He stole third and came home on Granderson's fly ball to center.

"He ends up getting himself safe at third and now the situation changes," Granderson said. "I just have to get a ball to the outfield."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi gave Soriano the green light to steal.

"If it's no outs you can't do that," Girardi said. "But with one out, we're taking a chance trying to make it easier on Grandy."

Soriano stumbled on his way to third.

"Being the DH, my leg is not loose 100 percent," Soriano said. "My mind is 100 percent, but legs are not."

Mariano Rivera, making his last regular-season appearance at Tropicana Field, received a standing ovation before getting the final three outs for his 38th save. The closer is planning to retire after this season.

Rivera has 37 saves at Tropicana Field, the most by any opponent. Second on the list is Jonathan Papelbon with 10. Rivera has converted 64 of 66 save opportunities overall against Tampa Bay.

Boone Logan (4-2) got two outs for the win.

Pinch hitter Alex Rodriguez opened the 10th with a single to center off Wright and went to second on Brett Gardner's sacrifice. Rodriguez then was doubled off second after Wright grabbed a line drive by Ichiro Suzuki that appeared headed toward center field.

Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball, was booed every time he came to the plate during the series. He went 2 for 9 with two strikeouts.

Girardi had the third baseman on the bench at the start of the series finale, due to a day game after a night game. Rodriguez didn't make his season debut until Aug. 5 after having offseason hip surgery.

Evan Longoria homered and drove in two runs for the Rays.

"We just can't permit the stolen base at third base," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "That's really what caused the win for them."

New York got a homer and two RBI from Robinson Cano.

Longoria and Cano went back and forth for much of the game before Granderson delivered his key sacrifice fly.

Longoria put the Rays up 1-0 with an RBI single in the first. Yankees starter Ivan Nova avoided further damage by getting an inning-ending double play from James Loney with the bases loaded.

Cano then hit an opposite-field homer to left in the fourth and a tiebreaking RBI double against Alex Cobb in the sixth. He was easily thrown out attempting to stretch the hit into a triple.

Longoria responded with his 28th homer in the bottom half.

Nova allowed six hits and tied a career high with six walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Cobb gave up seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. It was the right-hander's third start -- the other two were victories -- after missing two months after being struck in the head by a liner hit by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on June 15.

"Two victories and a chance to sweep, you want to step on their throat and finish them off," Cobb said.

Notes

The Yankees plan to activate SS Derek Jeter (strained right calf) from the disabled list for Monday's game at Toronto. ... Tampa Bay All-Star LHP Matt Moore (sore left elbow) is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Thursday and could rejoin the rotation next week. .... ... The announced crowd was 34,078, which was just the Rays' third home sellout this season.

 
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Needing only six pitches, Mariano Rivera closes the door on the Rays in the 11th inning for his 38th save of the season. (USATSI)
Needing only six pitches, Mariano Rivera closes the door on the Rays in the 11th inning for his 38th save of the season. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF3000110 .267
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5120011 .270
Robinson Cano, 2B5132001 .307
Alfonso Soriano, DH5120002 .258
Curtis Granderson, LF2011211 .273
Eduardo Nunez, SS5010011 .248
Lyle Overbay, 1B4000024 .251
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000030 .213
Chris Stewart, C3000020 .226
   a-Alex Rodriguez, PH1010000 .273
Totals373103311  
a-singled for Stewart in the 10th
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (27, Cobb), Alfonso Soriano (27, Wright)
HR - Robinson Cano (24, Cobb)
SF - Curtis Granderson (1)
SH - Brett Gardner (7)
RBI - Robinson Cano 2 (84), Curtis Granderson (9)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (14, 3rd base off Wright/Lobaton)
CS - Brett Gardner (8, 2nd base by Cobb/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Reynolds-Stewart-Overbay, Reynolds-Stewart-Overbay-Cano-Nunez-Overbay, Reynolds-Stewart-Overbay-Cano-Nunez-Overbay-Reynolds-Cano-Overbay, Reynolds-Stewart-Overbay-Cano-Nunez-Overbay-Reynolds-Cano-Overbay-Reynolds-Cano-Overbay
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ivan Nova 6.2622631 3.14
Shawn Kelley 0.1000000 3.67
David Robertson 2000020 1.62
Joba Chamberlain 0.1000110 4.46
Boone Logan (W,4-2) 0.2000000 2.75
Mariano Rivera (S,38) 1000000 2.20
IBB - Loney by Ivan Nova
Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 102-52, Shawn Kelley 3-2, David Robertson 28-17, Joba Chamberlain 10-5, Boone Logan 5-2, Mariano Rivera 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 11-2, David Robertson 2-2, Boone Logan 1-0, Mariano Rivera 1-2
Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 28, David Robertson 6, Joba Chamberlain 2, Boone Logan 1, Mariano Rivera 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, LF4130001 .255
   a-Jose Lobaton, PH-C1000001 .265
Ben Zobrist, 2B4000101 .271
Evan Longoria, 3B5122000 .276
Matt Joyce, DH4010111 .253
Wil Myers, RF3000122 .302
James Loney, 1B3000101 .303
Desmond Jennings, CF4000012 .250
Yunel Escobar, SS3000110 .264
Jose Molina, C2000210 .236
Totals3326276  
a-grounded into a double play for DeJesus in the 10th
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (19, Nova)
HR - Evan Longoria (28, Nova)
RBI - Evan Longoria 2 (71)
CS - David DeJesus (1, 2nd base by Kelley/Stewart), Yunel Escobar (3, 2nd base by Nova/Stewart)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Wil Myers 1
DP - Longoria-Zobrist-Loney, Longoria-Zobrist-Loney-Wright-Zobrist
E - Yunel Escobar (6, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Cobb 5.2722351 2.87
Alex Torres 0.1000010 1.27
Jake McGee 1000030 3.88
Joel Peralta 1100010 3.11
Fernando Rodney 1000010 3.69
Jamey Wright (L,2-2) 2211000 3.04
IBB - Granderson by Alex Cobb
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 100-64, Alex Torres 5-3, Jake McGee 16-11, Joel Peralta 15-12, Fernando Rodney 11-9, Jamey Wright 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 7-2, Fernando Rodney 2-0, Jamey Wright 1-4
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 24, Alex Torres 1, Jake McGee 3, Joel Peralta 4, Fernando Rodney 3, Jamey Wright 7
Game Information
Attendance - 34078
Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals