Gardner, Sabathia lead Yanks over Rays 3-2, avoid sweep

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Yankees manager Joe Girardi couldn't help but smile when talking about 5-foot-11 Brett Gardner going deep again and 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge making an unbelievable diving catch.

Gardner hit his eighth home run, one more than this 2016 total, and CC Sabathia won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly a year to help New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep.

Didi Gregorius had an RBI single in the second for the second of his four hits and Gardner followed with his drive to right. All of Gardner's home runs have come in a 20-game span starting April 19.

''It sounds a little crazy, but last year I was really inconsistent and just not at my best,'' Gardner said. ''The first three or four weeks this season I wasn't any good, either. Here recently I've been swinging the bat better.''

Judge made a full extension diving backhand catch on the right field warning track in the sixth to rob Evan Longoria of a tying extra-base hit, starting a double play that doubled up Corey Dickerson at first.

''Obviously, one of the biggest plays for us this year,'' Sabathia said.

Judge said he had a good read on the ball off the bat.

''Saw I might have a chance, and just dove for it,'' he added.

Sabathia (4-2), coming off a win at Kansas City, allowed two runs and four hits in five-plus innings. He had not won back-to-back starts since June 10 against Detroit and six days later at Minnesota.

Tyler Clippard stranded Kevin Kiermaier at third in the seventh when he relieved Chad Green and retired Logan Morrison on a flyout on the 11th pitch of an at-bat. Dellin Betances got four outs - three on strikeouts - for his second save.

Chris Archer (3-3) struck out a season-high 12, including Judge and Matt Holliday three times each. He gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

''The play that Judge made was really the difference-maker,'' Archer said.

Judge struck out four times overall and the Yankees fanned 17 times, which tied the team record for a nine-inning game. Still, New York won for just the fourth time in 11 games.

Dickerson scored from second in the first inning when catcher Gary Sanchez was charged with an error for an errant throw attempting to pick off Longoria at first base.

Derek Norris hit a solo homer in the fifth.

There was no carry over from Saturday's game that had three hit batters and three ejections.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird (bruised right ankle) could hit off a tee and take soft toss Monday. ... Girardi said closer Aroldis Chapman (left shoulder rotator cuff inflammation) feels good and will be re-evaluated Monday to determine when the lefty can start a throwing program. ... Girardi had an ice pack on his right knee after the game. He had meniscus surgery on it Monday.

MOVIN' ON UP

New York is promoting top prospect Gleyber Torres from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Trenton manager Bobby Mitchell said on the team's radio show.

FAMILY AFFAIR

The Yankees also promoted RHP Jose Mesa, the son of former major league pitcher Jose Mesa, from Class A Tampa to Double-A Trenton.

STRANGE POSTPONEMENT

Charlotte, the Rays' Florida State League affiliate, had its game Saturday against Jupiter postponed in the fourth inning when the protective netting behind the plate fell. The teams played a doubleheader on a back field Sunday at the complex in Port Charlotte, where the host Stone Crabs had a photo on their Twitter site showing complimentary hot dogs and burgers on a portable grill.

TANAKA TIME

Girardi said the Yankees are returning to ''square one'' when it comes to struggling ace Masahiro Tanaka, who has allowed 14 runs and seven homers over 4 2/3 innings in his last two starts. ''Sometimes, you can try to change this, change that,'' Girardi said. ''Let's get back to what made you successful.''

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (4-2) will face Kansas City LHP Jason Vargas (5-2) on Monday night in a rematch of New York's 11-7 win over the Royals last Wednesday. Pineda allowed four runs in six innings.

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-2) and Los Angeles Angels RHP J.C. Ramirez (3-3) are Monday night's starters. Angels OF Mike Trout is a .362 hitter in 13 games at Tropicana Field.

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NYY25-16
030000000371
TB23-23
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  • W: C. Sabathia (4-2)L: C. Archer (3-3)S: D. Betances (2)
  • HR: NYY - B. Gardner (8), TB - D. Norris (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF41221114.282.376.514.8908.5
G. Sanchez C40000114.286.383.471.8540.5
M. Holliday DH40000045.258.360.492.852-2.0
S. Castro 2B40000032.341.374.524.898-1.5
A. Judge RF40000042.321.421.7071.128-2.0
J. Ellsbury CF41100000.285.354.431.7853.0
C. Headley 3B40000021.241.317.386.703-1.0
D. Gregorius SS41410000.322.355.402.7576.0
C. Carter 1B30000123.205.295.325.6200.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Beckham SS40000021.263.296.438.733-1.0
    C. Dickerson DH41200020.347.397.6351.0322.0
    E. Longoria 3B30000101.250.318.420.7391.0
    R. Weeks 1B30000012.213.315.363.678-0.5
    M. Martinez 2B10000010.333.429.417.845-0.5
    S. Souza RF30000121.250.356.419.7750.0
    K. Kiermaier CF30000011.231.319.325.6451.5
    D. Norris C31111001.228.297.368.6656.0
    D. Robertson 2B20000010.203.337.362.700-0.5
    a- L. Morrison PH-1B10000001.248.339.525.8640.0
    P. Bourjos LF20100000.216.273.373.6451.0
    b- C. Rasmus PH-LF10000010.240.321.540.861-0.5
    • a-flied out for Robertson in the 7th
    • b-struck out for Bourjos in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ellsbury (7)
    • HR - B. Gardner (8)
    • RBI - B. Gardner 2 (18), D. Gregorius (14)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Gardner 2 (10)
    BATTING
    • HR - D. Norris (4)
    • RBI - D. Norris (13)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Kiermaier (7)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Judge (3)
    • E - G. Sanchez (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Beckham (5), M. Martinez (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sabathia (W, 4-2)5.04211614.621.0019.0
    C. Green (H, 1)1.20001000.000.602.0
    T. Clippard (H, 4)1.00000201.450.004.0
    D. Betances (S, 2)1.10000300.660.0011.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sabathia (W, 4-2)5.0
    C. Green (H, 1)1.2
    T. Clippard (H, 4)1.0
    D. Betances (S, 2)1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Archer (L, 3-3)6.163321213.761.2611.0
    D. Farquhar0.20001202.791.500.0
    R. Stanek1.00000205.400.004.0
    D. Moreno1.01000104.761.002.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Archer (L, 3-3)6.1
    D. Farquhar0.2
    R. Stanek1.0
    D. Moreno1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 95-67, C. Green 16-8, T. Clippard 19-14, D. Betances 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 5-4, C. Green 2-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 20, C. Green 5, T. Clippard 3, D. Betances 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 108-72, D. Farquhar 14-6, R. Stanek 13-11, D. Moreno 23-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 4-3, R. Stanek 1-0, D. Moreno 2-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Archer 27, D. Farquhar 3, R. Stanek 3, D. Moreno 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    NYY25-16
    030000000371
    TB23-23
    100010000242
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF41221114.282.376.514.8908.5
    G. Sanchez C40000114.286.383.471.8540.5
    M. Holliday DH40000045.258.360.492.852-2.0
    S. Castro 2B40000032.341.374.524.898-1.5
    A. Judge RF40000042.321.421.7071.128-2.0
    J. Ellsbury CF41100000.285.354.431.7853.0
    C. Headley 3B40000021.241.317.386.703-1.0
    D. Gregorius SS41410000.322.355.402.7576.0
    C. Carter 1B30000123.205.295.325.6200.0
    Total35373131721-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Beckham SS40000021.263.296.438.733-1.0
      C. Dickerson DH41200020.347.397.6351.0322.0
      E. Longoria 3B30000101.250.318.420.7391.0
      R. Weeks 1B30000012.213.315.363.678-0.5
      M. Martinez 2B10000010.333.429.417.845-0.5
      S. Souza RF30000121.250.356.419.7750.0
      K. Kiermaier CF30000011.231.319.325.6451.5
      D. Norris C31111001.228.297.368.6656.0
      D. Robertson 2B20000010.203.337.362.700-0.5
      a- L. Morrison PH-1B10000001.248.339.525.8640.0
      P. Bourjos LF20100000.216.273.373.6451.0
      b- C. Rasmus PH-LF10000010.240.321.540.861-0.5
      Total3024112118-----
      • a-flied out for Robertson in the 7th
      • b-struck out for Bourjos in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ellsbury (7)
      • HR - B. Gardner (8)
      • RBI - B. Gardner 2 (18), D. Gregorius (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Gardner 2 (10)
      BATTING
      • HR - D. Norris (4)
      • RBI - D. Norris (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Kiermaier (7)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Judge (3)
      • E - G. Sanchez (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Beckham (5), M. Martinez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia (W, 4-2)5.04211614.621.0019.0
      C. Green (H, 1)1.20001000.000.602.0
      T. Clippard (H, 4)1.00000201.450.004.0
      D. Betances (S, 2)1.10000300.660.0011.5
      Total9.04212111---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia (W, 4-2)5.0
      C. Green (H, 1)1.2
      T. Clippard (H, 4)1.0
      D. Betances (S, 2)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Archer (L, 3-3)6.163321213.761.2611.0
      D. Farquhar0.20001202.791.500.0
      R. Stanek1.00000205.400.004.0
      D. Moreno1.01000104.761.002.5
      Total9.07333171---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Archer (L, 3-3)6.1
      D. Farquhar0.2
      R. Stanek1.0
      D. Moreno1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 95-67, C. Green 16-8, T. Clippard 19-14, D. Betances 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 5-4, C. Green 2-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 20, C. Green 5, T. Clippard 3, D. Betances 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 108-72, D. Farquhar 14-6, R. Stanek 13-11, D. Moreno 23-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 4-3, R. Stanek 1-0, D. Moreno 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Archer 27, D. Farquhar 3, R. Stanek 3, D. Moreno 5
      • 5TH INNING
        Norris homered to left32
      • 2ND INNING
        Gardner homered to right, Gregorius scored31
        Gregorius singled to right center, Ellsbury scored, Gregorius to second11
      • 1ST INNING
        Dickerson scored, Longoria to second on catcher Sanchez fielding error01
      • 9TH INNING
        • D. Moreno Pitching:
        • C. Headley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Headley grounded out to second
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gregorius singled to right center
        • C. Carter: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Carter reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gregorius to second on 2nd baseman Martinez fielding error
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gardner flied out to center
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • D. Betances Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Longoria popped out to shortstop
        • M. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ellsbury grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Clippard Pitching:
        • C. Rasmus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rasmus struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • C. Headley: Headley grounded out to second
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius singled to right
        • C. Carter: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Carter walked, Gregorius to second
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked, Gregorius to third, Carter to second
        • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Holliday struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Green Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza walked
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Kiermaier reached on fielder's choice to second, Souza out at second
        • D. Norris: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier stole second, Norris grounded out to shortstop, Kiermaier to third
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Morrison flied out to shallow left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Castro lined out to center
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ellsbury grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson singled to left
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Longoria flied into double play right to second to shortstop to first, Dickerson out at first
        • R. Weeks: Weeks flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
        • G. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gardner out at second
        • M. Holliday: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Holliday struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • D. Norris: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Norris homered to left
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • P. Bourjos: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Bourjos singled to left center
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Beckham grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • J. Ellsbury: Strike swinging, Ellsbury lined out to second
        • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Headley struck out looking
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gregorius singled to right
        • C. Carter: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Carter struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Foul, Ball, Longoria grounded out to third
        • R. Weeks: Weeks fouled out to first
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Ball, Souza lined out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Holliday struck out looking
        • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Bourjos flied out to deep center
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Beckham grounded out to third
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • J. Ellsbury: Ellsbury doubled to deep right
        • C. Headley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius singled to right center, Ellsbury scored, Gregorius to second
        • C. Carter: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Carter struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Gardner homered to right, Gregorius scored
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Sanchez popped out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Norris: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Norris flied out to left
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Robertson grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Gardner singled to right center
        • G. Sanchez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Sanchez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gardner to third, Sanchez to second on shortstop Beckham fielding error
        • M. Holliday: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Holliday struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson reached on an infield single to first
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Longoria walked, Dickerson to second
        • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dickerson scored, Longoria to second on catcher Sanchez fielding error, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Souza struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)