Now a middle reliever, Robertson helps Yanks top Rays 5-1

NEW YORK (AP) Accustomed to entering in the ninth inning, David Robertson heard the bullpen phone ring in the fourth and knew he might be replacing CC Sabathia.

An accomplished closer with 132 saves, Robertson relieved in the fifth and pitched a career-long 2 2/3 innings that helped the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Monday night in the start of a series moved from Florida to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma.

''I don't care when I pitch,'' said the 32-year-old right-hander, reacquired by the Yankees from the Chicago White Sox in July. ''I'll do whatever it takes to get us back in the playoffs and gives us a chance to get another ring.''

Todd Frazier capitalized on Trevor Plouffe's two-out error with a three-run homer in a five-run fourth inning , and Jacoby Ellsbury broke Pete Rose's major league record by reaching base on catcher's interference for the 30th time.

Opening a stretch that has 17 of their final 20 games in New York, the Yankees closed within three games of Boston in the AL East and opened a four-game lead over Minnesota for the top AL wild card.

Sabathia allowed one run and six hits in 4 1/3 innings and was removed with two on and Evan Longoria at the plate.

''He's hitting about .900 off me,'' Sabathia said.

Actually, only .421 with eight homers in 76 at-bats before Longoria grounded out twice in the first three innings.

''He got him twice, and I didn't feel like pressing my luck,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Longoria took a called third strike from Roberson (8-2) and Lucas Duda struck out swinging.

''I kind of felt like that was the game in a sense right there,'' Girardi said.

Robertson took over as Yankees closer in 2014 following Mariano Rivera's retirement, and then left as a free agent to sign a $64 million, four-year deal with Chicago where he had 84 saves in 2 1/2 seasons.

''I came in here with an open mind I knew once I was traded that I was going to be a piece that could be used at any point, and I have no problem with that,'' Robertson said.

Dellin Betances pitched the eighth , and Aroldis Chapman finished.

Ellsbury set an obscure major league record on his 34th birthday, nicking Wilson Ramos' mitt on a slow curveball from Jake Odorizzi (8-8). Ellsbury set the season mark with 12 last year and has four this season. He reached the record in 5,308 plate appearance, about one-third of Rose's 15,890.

After starting with 6 1/3 hitless innings against Minnesota last week, Jake Odorizzi (8-8) did not allow a hit until the fourth, when he threw just 15 of 51 pitches for strikes and was chased with two outs.

Ahead 1-0 on Adeiny Hechavarria's RBI triple in the second, Odorizzi walked Aaron Judge on four pitches leading off the fourth. Judge took third when Gary Sanchez singled on a full-count offering, and Didi Gregorius hit a sacrifice fly . After Starling Castro struck out, Matt Holliday hit a grounder to third, and Plouffe tried for a backhand grab but let the ball bounce under his glove and toward the left-field corner. The slow-footed Sanchez scored from first with the go-ahead run.

Ellsbury reached on the catcher's interference, and Frazier lined a full-count slider off the front of the second deck in left for a 5-1 lead, his sixth homer in 20 games at Citi Field.

''We're clicking right now at the right time,'' Frazier said.

WHOOPS

Sanchez allowed his 15th passed ball, tying the Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal for the major league lead.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

When the Yankees traveled home from Texas, they had pillows and blankets with the face of Frazier. Sabathia arranged to purchase the apparel after being told about it by equipment manager Rob Cucuzza.

DUGOUT BUDDY

A praying mantis perched on a cup atop a railing in the Yankees dugout during the middle innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird was scratched because of back spasms he started to feel Sunday. ... OF Clint Frazier, sidelined since Aug. 9 by a left oblique strain, was activated from the DL. Girardi said Frazier will start Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.

Rays: RHP Nathan Eovaldi, coming back from Tommy John surgery in August 2016, struck out two in a hitless inning for Double-A Montgomery on Saturday in the Southern League playoffs. LHP Xavier Cedeno, returning from a forearm injury, followed with a one-hit second. Rays manager Kevin Cash said Eovaldi will next pitch for Triple-A Durham in the playoffs or the instructional league. ''He's a huge part of our season next year,'' Cash said.

UP NEXT

RHP Sonny Gray (9-9) starts for the Yankees on Tuesday and LHP Blake Snell (3-6) for the Rays.

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TB71-74
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  • W: D. Robertson (8-2)L: J. Odorizzi (8-8)
  • HR: NYY - T. Frazier (24)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF40100110.258.348.425.7730.5
A. Judge RF31000222.275.411.579.9902.0
G. Sanchez C31100111.283.352.541.8942.5
D. Gregorius SS20010112.296.329.485.8141.5
S. Castro 2B40000022.301.337.463.801-1.0
M. Holliday DH41000011.229.320.435.7550.5
J. Ellsbury CF21000100.257.340.393.7344.0
T. Frazier 3B41131021.210.337.423.7607.0
T. Austin 1B40100010.250.310.472.7821.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Kiermaier CF50100021.277.339.443.782-1.0
    T. Plouffe 3B40100012.208.275.325.5990.5
    E. Longoria DH40100013.265.320.432.7520.5
    L. Duda 1B31000133.230.336.532.8680.5
    C. Puello RF30000121.105.150.105.2550.0
    W. Ramos C30100001.240.272.386.6581.0
    a- L. Morrison PH10000012.248.354.528.882-0.5
    C. Casali C00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
    A. Hechavarria SS40310002.253.279.383.6627.0
    D. Espinosa 2B40000014.173.247.281.527-0.5
    P. Bourjos RF10100100.228.282.389.6702.0
    b- C. Dickerson LF20000010.279.324.497.821-0.5
    • a-struck out for Ramos in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Bourjos in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Austin (2)
    • HR - T. Frazier (24)
    • SF - D. Gregorius (5)
    • RBI - D. Gregorius (73), T. Frazier 3 (67)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Frazier 3 (23)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Hechavarria (11)
    • 3B - A. Hechavarria (5)
    • RBI - A. Hechavarria (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria (7)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ellsbury (18)
    • CS - B. Gardner (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - K. Kiermaier (5)
    FIELDING
    • PB - G. Sanchez (15)
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Plouffe (9), W. Ramos (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sabathia4.16112603.851.316.0
    D. Robertson (W, 8-2)2.21000402.100.9014.0
    D. Betances1.01001202.961.242.0
    A. Chapman1.00000003.831.253.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sabathia4.1
    D. Robertson (W, 8-2)2.2
    D. Betances1.0
    A. Chapman1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi (L, 8-8)3.23513514.521.31-0.5
    C. Roe1.10001103.381.502.5
    A. Kittredge1.00000103.001.223.5
    R. Stanek1.01001106.752.061.5
    C. Whitley1.00001103.150.992.5
    S. Romo1.00000204.071.094.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi (L, 8-8)3.2
    C. Roe1.1
    A. Kittredge1.0
    R. Stanek1.0
    C. Whitley1.0
    S. Romo1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 88-60, D. Robertson 36-25, D. Betances 24-13, A. Chapman 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 5-1, D. Robertson 4-0, A. Chapman 1-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 20, D. Robertson 9, D. Betances 5, A. Chapman 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 94-52, C. Roe 16-10, A. Kittredge 10-5, R. Stanek 23-13, C. Whitley 19-12, S. Romo 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-4, C. Roe 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 19, C. Roe 5, A. Kittredge 3, R. Stanek 4, C. Whitley 4, S. Romo 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF40100110.258.348.425.7730.5
    A. Judge RF31000222.275.411.579.9902.0
    G. Sanchez C31100111.283.352.541.8942.5
    D. Gregorius SS20010112.296.329.485.8141.5
    S. Castro 2B40000022.301.337.463.801-1.0
    M. Holliday DH41000011.229.320.435.7550.5
    J. Ellsbury CF21000100.257.340.393.7344.0
    T. Frazier 3B41131021.210.337.423.7607.0
    T. Austin 1B40100010.250.310.472.7821.5
    Total3054416119-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Kiermaier CF50100021.277.339.443.782-1.0
      T. Plouffe 3B40100012.208.275.325.5990.5
      E. Longoria DH40100013.265.320.432.7520.5
      L. Duda 1B31000133.230.336.532.8680.5
      C. Puello RF30000121.105.150.105.2550.0
      W. Ramos C30100001.240.272.386.6581.0
      a- L. Morrison PH10000012.248.354.528.882-0.5
      C. Casali C00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
      A. Hechavarria SS40310002.253.279.383.6627.0
      D. Espinosa 2B40000014.173.247.281.527-0.5
      P. Bourjos RF10100100.228.282.389.6702.0
      b- C. Dickerson LF20000010.279.324.497.821-0.5
      Total34181031219-----
      • a-struck out for Ramos in the 8th
      • b-struck out for Bourjos in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Austin (2)
      • HR - T. Frazier (24)
      • SF - D. Gregorius (5)
      • RBI - D. Gregorius (73), T. Frazier 3 (67)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Frazier 3 (23)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Hechavarria (11)
      • 3B - A. Hechavarria (5)
      • RBI - A. Hechavarria (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ellsbury (18)
      • CS - B. Gardner (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - K. Kiermaier (5)
      FIELDING
      • PB - G. Sanchez (15)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Plouffe (9), W. Ramos (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia4.16112603.851.316.0
      D. Robertson (W, 8-2)2.21000402.100.9014.0
      D. Betances1.01001202.961.242.0
      A. Chapman1.00000003.831.253.0
      Total9.08113120---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia4.1
      D. Robertson (W, 8-2)2.2
      D. Betances1.0
      A. Chapman1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (L, 8-8)3.23513514.521.31-0.5
      C. Roe1.10001103.381.502.5
      A. Kittredge1.00000103.001.223.5
      R. Stanek1.01001106.752.061.5
      C. Whitley1.00001103.150.992.5
      S. Romo1.00000204.071.094.0
      Total9.04516111---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (L, 8-8)3.2
      C. Roe1.1
      A. Kittredge1.0
      R. Stanek1.0
      C. Whitley1.0
      S. Romo1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 88-60, D. Robertson 36-25, D. Betances 24-13, A. Chapman 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 5-1, D. Robertson 4-0, A. Chapman 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 20, D. Robertson 9, D. Betances 5, A. Chapman 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 94-52, C. Roe 16-10, A. Kittredge 10-5, R. Stanek 23-13, C. Whitley 19-12, S. Romo 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-4, C. Roe 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 19, C. Roe 5, A. Kittredge 3, R. Stanek 4, C. Whitley 4, S. Romo 3
      • 4TH INNING
        Frazier homered to left center, Holliday and Ellsbury scored51
        Holliday safe at first on 3rd baseman Plouffe fielding error, Sanchez scored, Holliday to second21
        Gregorius hit sacrifice fly to right, Judge scored11
      • 2ND INNING
        Hechavarria tripled to left center, Duda scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Curt Casali catching
        • Sergio Romo relieved Chase Whitley
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
        • A. Judge: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Judge flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Dellin Betances
        • D. Espinosa: Ball, Espinosa flied out to center
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier flied out to left
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chase Whitley relieved Ryne Stanek
        • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Holliday fouled out to catcher
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ellsbury walked
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ellsbury stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier popped out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Dellin Betances relieved David Robertson
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Longoria singled to right
        • L. Duda: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • C. Puello: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Puello walked, Longoria to second
        • Logan Morrison hit for Wilson Ramos
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike looking, Hechavarria flied out to deep right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ryne Stanek relieved Andrew Kittredge
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner singled to left
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Gardner caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
        • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Strike swinging, Gregorius flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Corey Dickerson hit for Peter Bourjos
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Dickerson struck out looking
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Plouffe grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Andrew Kittredge relieved Chaz Roe
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ellsbury flied out to deep center
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
        • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Austin flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Robertson Pitching:
        • C. Puello: Puello grounded out to first
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ramos grounded out to third
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hechavarria doubled to deep left
        • D. Espinosa: Ball, Hechavarria to third on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Espinosa grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Roe Pitching:
        • G. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Castro grounded out to third, Gregorius to second
        • M. Holliday: Holliday lined out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bourjos walked
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
        • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Plouffe singled to center, Bourjos to second
        • David Robertson relieved CC Sabathia
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez singled to left center, Judge to third
        • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gregorius hit sacrifice fly to right, Judge scored
        • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • M. Holliday: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Holliday safe at first on 3rd baseman Plouffe fielding error, Sanchez scored, Holliday to second
        • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ellsbury reached on catcher's interference
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Frazier homered to left center, Holliday and Ellsbury scored
        • T. Austin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Austin doubled to deep left
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
        • Chaz Roe relieved Jake Odorizzi
        • A. Judge: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 2 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • C. Puello: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Puello struck out swinging
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ramos singled to left center
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hechavarria singled to left, Ramos to third
        • D. Espinosa: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Espinosa struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Austin grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Bourjos reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier reached on an infield single to pitcher, Bourjos to second
        • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Plouffe struck out looking
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Bourjos stole third, Foul, Foul, Foul, Longoria grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Holliday: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Holliday struck out swinging
        • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ellsbury flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda walked
        • C. Puello: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Puello struck out swinging
        • W. Ramos: Ramos flied out to left
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hechavarria tripled to left center, Duda scored
        • D. Espinosa: Strike looking, Espinosa grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner flied out to right
        • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sanchez walked
        • D. Gregorius: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Kiermaier grounded out to second
        • T. Plouffe: Plouffe grounded out to third
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)