Happ shines for Yankees again in 4-1 win over Rays

NEW YORK (AP) This is exactly what the New York Yankees were hoping for when they added J.A. Happ.

The veteran left-hander permitted just one soft single in seven shutout innings to win his third start in a row, pitching the Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Tuesday night.

''It was a clinic,'' manager Aaron Boone said.

Austin Romine hit a two-run homer as New York (75-44) equaled its season high at 31 games above .500 and improved to 7-2 since getting swept in four games at Boston. Still, the AL wild-card leaders remained 10 games behind the runaway Red Sox in the AL East despite having the second-best record in the majors.

Aaron Hicks had an early RBI single for the Yankees, who won for the 14th time in 17 home games against Tampa Bay over the past two seasons. Miguel Andujar and slumping Greg Bird contributed consecutive two-out doubles in the eighth to make it 4-1.

Happ (13-6) struck out four and walked four, throwing 71 of 106 pitches for strikes. He was helped by a double play and a caught stealing, but the only hit off him was a flyball by C.J. Cron that fell in front of left fielder Brett Gardner in the fourth. Happ retired Carlos Gomez on a line drive to first base with two on to end the inning and was never threatened after that.

''He's a fastball pitcher. There's no secret to what he's trying to do. He's coming at you,'' Romine said. ''I didn't see too many comfortable at-bats, which is always a good sign.''

Happ is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three outings - all at Yankee Stadium - since New York acquired him from Toronto in a July 26 trade. He missed one turn because of hand, foot and mouth disease.

''We just couldn't make the adjustment to the fastball,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''He had it really going tonight.''

Happ is 7-1 in 11 career starts in the Bronx and has won each of his past six (three for the Blue Jays), with a 2.29 ERA during that span.

''It's motivating to pitch in Yankee Stadium. It's motivating to be on this team, be in a pennant race,'' he said. ''Heck, yeah. This is fun.''

Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman completed a crisp three-hitter that took just 2 hours, 32 minutes, following a 21-minute rain delay at the start. Shaking off some recent struggles, Chapman worked a one-hit ninth for his 31st save in 33 chances.

Willy Adames homered for the Rays on Betances' first pitch in the eighth.

After a costly error by Adames in the first, Hicks blooped a run-scoring single over a drawn-in infield against Tampa Bay opener Hunter Wood (0-1).

Romine, batting ninth, curled an opposite-field homer inside the right-field foul pole off Jalen Beeks on the first pitch following a leadoff walk to Neil Walker in the fifth.

''I was willing it to stay fair,'' Romine said.

Filling in for injured slugger Gary Sanchez behind the plate, Romine has eight home runs in 182 at-bats this year after totaling seven in 563 at-bats over his previous six major league seasons.

ENCOURAGING SIGNS

Beeks was a bright spot for the Rays, striking out eight on a career-high 93 pitches in five effective innings. He retired his first nine batters, fanning six in a row and seven of eight. The 25-year-old lefty was obtained from Boston in a July 25 trade for Nathan Eovaldi. ''I think there's more confidence. There's more comfort in these outings and it'll continue to go that way as he gets more reps,'' Cash said.

THE MACHINE

Betances fanned his second batter to give him at least one strikeout in 29 straight relief appearances, setting a record for the longest streak in Yankees history.

HOME SWEET HOME

New York leads the season series 7-6, and the home team is 11-2. The Yankees have won their last 12 series at home against Tampa Bay, dating to September 2014.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF Tommy Pham (broken right foot) rejoined the team and will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Class A Hudson Valley that could last just a day or two, Cash said. ... RHP Chaz Roe (left knee) was reinstated from the disabled list. He had been sidelined since early July.

Yankees: CC Sabathia said he had his troublesome right knee drained Monday for the second time this season. He also received another lubricant injection, but said the swelling is gone and he'll probably try to play catch Wednesday. The 38-year-old lefty, placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday, thinks he'll only miss one turn. ... C Gary Sanchez (groin) will probably go to Florida this weekend. He could begin a rehab assignment next week in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, Boone said.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Jake Faria (4-3, 4.97 ERA) makes his 11th start of the season Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. ''He's built up. I think he can probably go four or five innings. We'll see how efficient he is,'' Cash said. ''It's been probably a pretty trying season for him and he knows that there's some time left here to kind of fix some things, make some adjustment and finish strong.''

Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (1-2, 4.50) will be recalled from the minors to make a spot start in the middle game of the series.

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  • W: J. Happ (13-6)L: H. Wood (0-1)S: A. Chapman (31)
  • HR: TB - W. Adames (6), NYY - A. Romine (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Smith LF30000111.293.369.411.7800.5
M. Duffy 3B30000111.296.351.376.727-0.5
J. Bauers 1B30000111.224.335.448.7820.5
C. Cron DH40100011.247.317.467.7840.5
J. Wendle 2B40100002.294.344.415.7601.0
C. Gomez RF30000003.215.309.350.6591.0
K. Kiermaier CF30000011.175.247.290.537-0.5
W. Adames SS21111100.253.304.396.7007.0
J. Sucre C20000001.212.254.242.4960.0
a- M. Perez PH-C10000010.343.368.514.883-0.5
  • a-struck out for Sucre in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF40000020.246.337.381.718-1.0
G. Stanton DH31100110.280.348.529.8773.5
A. Hicks CF30110111.254.365.484.8492.5
D. Gregorius SS40100012.269.333.477.8100.5
M. Andujar 3B40200012.294.327.516.8433.5
S. Robinson PR-RF01000000.138.242.241.4841.0
G. Bird 1B30110111.218.307.409.7163.5
G. Torres 2B40000025.258.325.491.816-1.0
N. Walker RF-3B21000111.222.295.331.6261.5
A. Romine C31121010.269.318.467.7856.5
    BATTING
    • HR - W. Adames (6)
    • RBI - W. Adames (17)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Cron, C. Gomez 3 (3), K. Kiermaier
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Stanton (23), M. Andujar 2 (33), G. Bird (13)
    • HR - A. Romine (8)
    • RBI - A. Hicks (57), G. Bird (29), A. Romine 2 (35)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Bird (12)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Gregorius, G. Torres 4 (4), N. Walker
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - M. Duffy (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Wendle-Adames-Bauers)
    • E - W. Adames (10)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gregorius-Bird)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Wood (L, 0-1)1.03111104.101.67-6.5
    J. Beeks5.02222818.031.5813.0
    A. Kolarek2.02111206.001.533.0
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Wood (L, 0-1)1.0
    J. Beeks5.0
    A. Kolarek2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Happ (W, 13-6)7.01004403.861.1128.0
    D. Betances (H, 18)1.01110112.320.931.5
    A. Chapman (S, 31)1.01000102.111.029.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Happ (W, 13-6)7.0
    D. Betances (H, 18)1.0
    A. Chapman (S, 31)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Wood 26-15, J. Beeks 93-53, A. Kolarek 26-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Wood 1-1, J. Beeks 3-4, A. Kolarek 2-1
    • Batters Faced - H. Wood 7, J. Beeks 19, A. Kolarek 8
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Happ (8)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 106-71, D. Betances 15-10, A. Chapman 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-11, D. Betances 1-1, A. Chapman 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, D. Betances 4, A. Chapman 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Smith LF30000111.293.369.411.7800.5
    M. Duffy 3B30000111.296.351.376.727-0.5
    J. Bauers 1B30000111.224.335.448.7820.5
    C. Cron DH40100011.247.317.467.7840.5
    J. Wendle 2B40100002.294.344.415.7601.0
    C. Gomez RF30000003.215.309.350.6591.0
    K. Kiermaier CF30000011.175.247.290.537-0.5
    W. Adames SS21111100.253.304.396.7007.0
    J. Sucre C20000001.212.254.242.4960.0
    a- M. Perez PH-C10000010.343.368.514.883-0.5
    Total2813114611-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Smith LF3
    M. Duffy 3B3
    J. Bauers 1B3
    C. Cron DH4
    J. Wendle 2B4
    C. Gomez RF3
    K. Kiermaier CF3
    W. Adames SS2
    J. Sucre C2
    a- M. Perez PH-C1
    Total28
    • a-struck out for Sucre in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF40000020.246.337.381.718-1.0
    G. Stanton DH31100110.280.348.529.8773.5
    A. Hicks CF30110111.254.365.484.8492.5
    D. Gregorius SS40100012.269.333.477.8100.5
    M. Andujar 3B40200012.294.327.516.8433.5
    S. Robinson PR-RF01000000.138.242.241.4841.0
    G. Bird 1B30110111.218.307.409.7163.5
    G. Torres 2B40000025.258.325.491.816-1.0
    N. Walker RF-3B21000111.222.295.331.6261.5
    A. Romine C31121010.269.318.467.7856.5
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      BATTING
      • HR - W. Adames (6)
      • RBI - W. Adames (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Cron, C. Gomez 3 (3), K. Kiermaier
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Stanton (23), M. Andujar 2 (33), G. Bird (13)
      • HR - A. Romine (8)
      • RBI - A. Hicks (57), G. Bird (29), A. Romine 2 (35)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Bird (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Gregorius, G. Torres 4 (4), N. Walker
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Duffy (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Wendle-Adames-Bauers)
      • E - W. Adames (10)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gregorius-Bird)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Wood (L, 0-1)1.03111104.101.67-6.5
      J. Beeks5.02222818.031.5813.0
      A. Kolarek2.02111206.001.533.0
      Total8.07444111---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Wood (L, 0-1)1.0
      J. Beeks5.0
      A. Kolarek2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (W, 13-6)7.01004403.861.1128.0
      D. Betances (H, 18)1.01110112.320.931.5
      A. Chapman (S, 31)1.01000102.111.029.5
      Total9.0311461---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (W, 13-6)7.0
      D. Betances (H, 18)1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 31)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Wood 26-15, J. Beeks 93-53, A. Kolarek 26-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Wood 1-1, J. Beeks 3-4, A. Kolarek 2-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Wood 7, J. Beeks 19, A. Kolarek 8
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Happ (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 106-71, D. Betances 15-10, A. Chapman 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-11, D. Betances 1-1, A. Chapman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, D. Betances 4, A. Chapman 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Bird doubled to deep center, Robinson scored14
        Adames homered to left center13
      • 5TH INNING
        Romine homered to right, Walker scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Hicks singled to shallow center, Stanton scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Dellin Betances
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
        • C. Cron: Ball, Cron grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Wendle: Strike swinging, Wendle singled to right
        • C. Gomez: Gomez lined out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Dellin Betances relieved J.A. Happ
        • W. Adames: Adames homered to left center
        • Michael Perez hit for Jesus Sucre
        • M. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Ma. Smith: Ball, Smith flied out to left
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Duffy grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Kolarek Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Strike looking, Gregorius grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Hicks out at second
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Andujar doubled to deep right center
        • Shane Robinson ran for Miguel Andujar
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bird doubled to deep center, Robinson scored
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Torres struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron lined out to second
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Wendle grounded out to second
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez hit by pitch
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Kolarek relieved Jalen Beeks
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine flied out to center
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Stanton grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • Ma. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Duffy struck out looking
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Bauers grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andujar doubled to deep left
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Bird flied out to left, Andujar to third
        • G. Torres: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Torres reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Andujar out at home
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier popped out to shortstop
        • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adames fouled out to catcher
        • J. Sucre: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Sucre flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Walker walked
        • A. Romine: Romine homered to right, Walker scored
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gardner popped out to shortstop
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked
        • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks grounded out to catcher, Stanton to second
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius lined out to right
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Duffy walked
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike swinging, Duffy caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked
        • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Cron singled to left, Bauers to second
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle popped out to shortstop
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Foul, Gomez lined out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Adames walked
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Sucre flied out to right
        • Ma. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded into double play shortstop to first, Adames out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Hicks struck out on foul tip
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Wendle grounded out to first
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Ball, Gomez popped out to second
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jalen Beeks relieved Hunter Wood
        • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Foul, Walker grounded out to third
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gardner lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • Ma. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy flied out to shallow right
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Bauers lined out to right
        • C. Cron: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Wood Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Stanton doubled to deep right center
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stanton to third on shortstop Adames fielding error, Hicks singled to shallow center, Stanton scored
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Gregorius singled to right, Hicks to second
        • M. Andujar: Andujar lined out to third
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bird walked, Hicks to third, Gregorius to second
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Torres grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)