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Tampa Bay (61-62)000001100271

Jeter has RBI single in 9th, Yankees top Rays 3-2


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Derek Jeter almost felt as if he were playing in the Bronx after getting a key late hit.

Jeter had a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees ended a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

The announced crowd at Tropicana Field was 31,042, the Rays' second home sellout this season. Tampa Bay entered with the major league's lowest average home attendance of 17,848.

''There are a lot of Yankees' fans down here because spring training is here,'' Jeter said. ''Seemed like quite a few were in the stands, so it's almost like a home game.''

Jeter is retiring after this season and playing in his final weekend games at Tampa Bay. The Yankees do return for three weekday games in September.

''I'm not so sure I've heard his name chanted that loud in an opposing stadium this year,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Brett Gardner opened the ninth with an infield single off Jake McGee (3-1) and advanced on a throwing error by second baseman Logan Forsythe. After failing to lay down a sacrifice bunt, Jeter put New York ahead with a single to right-center on a 2-2 pitch.

''This game is funny, you know,'' Girardi said. ''It changes on a drop of a hat.''

Dellin Betances (5-0) worked a perfect eighth before David Robertson got three outs for his 32nd save.

Rookie Shane Greene allowed two runs, seven hits and struck out a career-high 10 in six-plus innings.

The Yankees took a lead in the second when Chase Headley drew a two-out walk on a full-count pitch and Martin Prado homered on an 0-2 offering from Drew Smyly, making his first home start since being acquired in a trade that sent ace David Price to Detroit on July 31.

Smyly gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings.

''They've got a really good lineup,'' Smyly said. ''They have good strike zone awareness. You just have to keep going right at them and making them swing.''

Price is scheduled to pitch against Tampa Bay for the first time Thursday in the finale of a three-game series in Florida.

After Yunel Escobar had a sixth-inning RBI single, Tampa Bay tied it at 2 on Ben Zobrist's run-scoring grounder in the seventh.

The Rays extended their club-record streak of allowing three runs or fewer to 12 consecutive games, but have gone just 7-5 over the stretch.

Tampa Bay had become the fourth team ever in the majors to get back to .500 after being at least 18 games under the break-even point with a 5-0 victory Friday night over the Yankees that gave them a 61-61 record.

TRAINERS'S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (right elbow) threw 25 pitches during his first bullpen session since going on the DL July 9. C Brian McCann (concussion) might return Sunday.

Rays: OF David DeJesus (left hand) went 0 for 1 with a walk in his first Gulf Coast League game.

JETER METER

The Yankees captain has 20 career game-winning RBI hits against the Rays, which is second most against Tampa Bay. Boston's David Ortiz tops the list with 26.

BELTRAN BACK

Yankees RF Carlos Beltran played defense for the first time since mid-May. After a DL stint that went into early June due to a right elbow bone spur, he had been limited to DH. Beltran said he will have surgery on the elbow after the season.

ON THE MOVE

Tampa Bay recalled INF Vince Belnome from Triple-A Durham and optioned reliever Brandon Gomes to the International League club. Belnome went 0 for 2 with a walk.

UP NEXT

Yankees RHP Hiroki Kuroda (7-8), 0-3 in his last four starts against Tampa Bay, and Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-1) are Sunday's scheduled starters.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

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

D. Smyly
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brett Gardner, LF4110020.276.351.450
Derek Jeter, DH4011010.272.322.327
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000011.271.339.399
Mark Teixeira, 1B4020000.235.334.439
Carlos Beltran, RF4000013.237.292.423
   Ichiro Suzuki, RF0000000.277.326.324
Chase Headley, 3B3100103.232.307.355
Martin Prado, 2B3112000.261.307.365
Francisco Cervelli, C3010010.296.355.469
Brendan Ryan, SS2010001.222.269.264
   a-Stephen Drew, PH-SS1000010.173.241.307
Shane Greene, P0000000.000.000.000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000.000.000.000
   David Robertson, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3237317    
a-struck out for Ryan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Francisco Cervelli (11, Smyly)
HR - Martin Prado (7, Smyly)
RBI - Derek Jeter (32), Martin Prado 2 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado 2 (15)
SB - Chase Headley (6, 2nd base off Smyly/Casali)
CS - Brendan Ryan (2, 2nd base by Smyly/Casali)
Team LOB - 3
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shane Greene 67221100 2.91
Shawn Kelley (BS,2) 1000010 4.62
Dellin Betances (W,5-0) 1000010 1.50
David Robertson (S,32) 1000000 2.56
HBP - Casali (by Shane Greene)
Pitches-Strikes - Shane Greene 102-68, Shawn Kelley 8-6, Dellin Betances 14-9, David Robertson 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shane Greene 3-5, Shawn Kelley 2-0, Dellin Betances 1-1
Batters Faced - Shane Greene 27, Shawn Kelley 3, Dellin Betances 3, David Robertson 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Desmond Jennings, CF3010010.244.324.387
Ben Zobrist, 2B-LF4011021.279.363.421
Matt Joyce, LF4110023.278.371.425
   Jose Molina, C0000000.188.245.199
Evan Longoria, 3B4010022.253.323.392
James Loney, 1B4000012.287.338.375
Yunel Escobar, SS4011020.257.324.328
Vince Belnome, DH2000102.000.167.000
   a-Brandon Guyer, PH-DH1000000.275.348.368
Curt Casali, C2010010.186.286.233
   Logan Forsythe, PR-2B1100000.248.297.366
Kevin Kiermaier, RF3010012.272.325.483
   b-Sean Rodriguez, PH1000000.219.271.476
Drew Smyly, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brad Boxberger, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jake McGee, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals33272112    
a-flied out for Belnome in the 9th
b-flied out for Kiermaier in the 9th
Batting
2B - Desmond Jennings (28, Greene)
SH - Desmond Jennings (9)
RBI - Ben Zobrist (38), Yunel Escobar (31)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (11)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Longoria-Zobrist-Loney
E - Logan Forsythe (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Smyly 7422141 3.66
Brad Boxberger 1000010 1.87
Jake McGee (L,3-1) 1311020 1.45
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Smyly 106-69, Brad Boxberger 8-7, Jake McGee 32-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Smyly 5-10
Batters Faced - Drew Smyly 24, Brad Boxberger 3, Jake McGee 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31042
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom