The Rays talk a lot about never giving up and playing until the final out.
On Monday, they put it into practice, staging their biggest comeback of the season. They rallied from a 5-1, sixth-inning deficit to a 6-5 victory over the reeling Yankees.
"You've got to teach yourself a lesson now and then, and I think tonight we taught ourselves a lesson," manager Joe Maddon said. "You get down by four runs, you have not been scoring well. But that is major league baseball at its finest right there. If you keep on plugging, you've got the kind of people that could turn this thing around, and they did tonight."
The Rays hadn't enjoyed much of a home-field advantage at Tropicana Field, losing 12 of their first 22 and failing to score more five in any of them, only four games shy of the record for such futility, set by the 1908 Brooklyn Superbas.
"I think it does say something as much as we scuffled here and to be able to come back against those guys," Upton said.
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