Yankees beat Rays 7-1, take 2 of 3 from AL East leaders

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Masahiro Tanaka and Tropicana Field were both lights out.

Tanaka outpitched reigning Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell, Thairo Estrada homered just after play resumed following a ninth-inning power outage and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1 Sunday to take two of three from the AL East leaders.

''Masa went out and set the tone for us,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

New York closed back within one-half game of the Rays. Despite 16 players going on the injured list the Yankees are 24-16, just four wins fewer than after 40 games last year.

''More guys just continue to step up,'' Boone said. ''It's not easy for us right now. We've got to grind and scratch for everything.''

Tanaka (3-3) matched his season high of seven innings, allowing one run and five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

''He's a wizard,'' Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said.

Tanaka had his best splitter this season and threw it on 27 of 73 pitches along with 29 sliders, 15 fastballs and two sinkers. He gave up his only run when Austin Meadows homered in the sixth.

''Looking back a couple games, I think today was one of the best ones,'' Tanaka said through a translator.

Snell (3-4) struck out six of his first seven batters, getting eight swings and misses in the first two innings. He was perfect through three innings, getting seven strikeouts and throwing just 38 pitches

But Snell needed 30 pitches to get through the fourth inning, and New York went ahead in the fifth when Austin Romine and Michael Tauchman hit consecutive two-out doubles and DJ LeMahieu followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead.

Coming off a win Monday over Arizona in which he retired his first 17 batters, Snell struck out 12 in 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs, four hits, two walks.

''With me not being able to keep us in the game and let the fifth inning happen, I can't allow that to happen,'' Snell said. ''It's frustrating.''

Ryne Stanek threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the eighth, and play stopped when the ballpark lights went out after Austin Pruitt threw his first pitch of the ninth to Estrada. At first, many in the stands turned their cellphone lights toward the field.

The Rays said in a statement the outage stemmed from the failure of a main switch in the building and that staff was able to reroute the electrical feed to an alternate switch temporarily.

Play resumed after a 43-minute delay, and Estrada hit Pruitt's second pitch after the resumption for a home run that boosted the lead to 4-1. Gio Urshela, who had struck out in his first four at-bats, added a two-run double and Brett Gardner a sacrifice fly.

''I've never been through something like that,'' Estrada said through a translator. ''You've just got to keep your mind in a positive state.''

Zack Britton got into a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth before striking out Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz.

Chad Green struck out the side on 12 pitches in a perfect ninth, his first appearance for the Yankees since April 23. Green had a 16.43 ERA when he was demoted to the minors to work on his mechanics, and he made three appearances for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

''You definitely want to see instant results, especially after you struggle like I did,'' Green said. ''It's nice to get back out there.''

Catcher Gary Sanchez and shortstop Gleyber Torres were held out as the Yankees took a conservative approach with injuries.

Sanchez was hit hard on his catching helmet by Guillermo Heredia's backswing Saturday night in the eighth inning, but stayed in the game.

Torres played Saturday, one day after getting hit by a pitch on the right elbow. Boone said Torres ''felt like he was a little sore throwing the ball.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks (strained left lower back) is expected to be activated from the IL on Monday. Hicks hurt his back during batting practice March 1 and needed a pair of cortisone shots. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a homer for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, leaving him 3 for 18 in five minor league injury rehabilitation games. The RailRiders were rained out Sunday. ... 1B Greg Bird (torn left plantar fascia) was transferred to the 60-day IL to clear a roster spot for INF Breyvic Valera, who was acquired from San Francisco and optioned to Scranton.

Rays: 3B Matt Duffy (strained left hamstring) will resume an injury rehabilitation assignment Monday night with Class A Charlotte.

THE ROOKIE

C Anthony Bemboom started for the Rays and became the oldest position player at 29 to make his major league debut with the team. He was hitless in two at-bats.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (1-1) will go against Baltimore RHP David Hess (1-4) Monday night.

Rays: RHP Charlie Morton (3-0) and Miami LHP Caleb Smith (3-0) are Tuesday night's starters.

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  • W: M. Tanaka (3-3)L: B. Snell (3-4)
  • HR: NYY - T. Estrada (2), TB - A. Meadows (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B40210010.333.384.452.8362.5
L. Voit 1B22000311.234.363.468.8314.5
G. Urshela 3B50120043.341.396.505.9022.0
C. Frazier RF20000122.290.313.527.8400.0
B. Gardner CF10110000.204.299.401.7012.0
M. Andujar DH50000036.128.143.128.271-1.5
C. Maybin LF30000121.297.422.351.7740.0
T. Estrada SS41111032.286.310.500.8104.5
A. Romine C42200000.228.241.316.5575.0
M. Tauchman CF-RF42210010.213.314.427.7415.5
M. Tanaka P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Meadows DH41211000.360.427.7211.1487.0
    T. Pham LF40100020.283.397.434.8310.0
    J. Choi 1B40200022.272.358.437.7951.0
    Y. Diaz 3B40100013.267.354.541.8950.5
    B. Lowe 2B40000022.288.340.545.886-1.0
    A. Garcia RF40100010.282.343.489.8310.5
    K. Kiermaier CF40000021.224.290.384.674-1.0
    D. Robertson SS30000011.183.286.279.565-0.5
    A. Bemboom C20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    a- T. d'Arnaud PH-C10000000.071.161.071.2330.0
    B. Snell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-grounded out for Bemboom in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Urshela (9), A. Romine (2), M. Tauchman (7)
    • HR - T. Estrada (2)
    • SF - B. Gardner
    • SH - D. LeMahieu
    • RBI - D. LeMahieu (21), G. Urshela 2 (15), B. Gardner (15), T. Estrada (4), M. Tauchman (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (12), M. Tauchman (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Voit, M. Andujar 3 (3), C. Maybin, T. Estrada 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Meadows (8)
    • RBI - A. Meadows (22)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Diaz 3 (3), B. Lowe 2 (2), D. Robertson
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Tanaka (W, 3-3)7.05110713.441.2028.5
    Z. Britton (H, 7)1.02000203.121.332.0
    C. Green1.000003014.542.194.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Tanaka (W, 3-3)7.0
    Z. Britton (H, 7)1.0
    C. Green1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Snell (L, 3-4)5.242221203.560.988.0
    C. Roe1.10001203.001.923.0
    R. Stanek1.01111202.571.001.0
    A. Pruitt1.04441117.361.36-5.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Snell (L, 3-4)5.2
    C. Roe1.1
    R. Stanek1.0
    A. Pruitt1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - Z. Britton
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 73-55, Z. Britton 19-14, C. Green 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 7-7, Z. Britton 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 26, Z. Britton 5, C. Green 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Snell (2), R. Stanek
    • IBB - A. Pruitt
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 96-68, C. Roe 28-18, R. Stanek 22-14, A. Pruitt 19-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 3-2, C. Roe 1-1, R. Stanek 1-0, A. Pruitt 1-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Snell 23, C. Roe 5, R. Stanek 5, A. Pruitt 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 2B40210010.333.384.452.8362.5
    L. Voit 1B22000311.234.363.468.8314.5
    G. Urshela 3B50120043.341.396.505.9022.0
    C. Frazier RF20000122.290.313.527.8400.0
    B. Gardner CF10110000.204.299.401.7012.0
    M. Andujar DH50000036.128.143.128.271-1.5
    C. Maybin LF30000121.297.422.351.7740.0
    T. Estrada SS41111032.286.310.500.8104.5
    A. Romine C42200000.228.241.316.5575.0
    M. Tauchman CF-RF42210010.213.314.427.7415.5
    M. Tanaka P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Z. Britton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Green P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total34796151715-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Meadows DH41211000.360.427.7211.1487.0
      T. Pham LF40100020.283.397.434.8310.0
      J. Choi 1B40200022.272.358.437.7951.0
      Y. Diaz 3B40100013.267.354.541.8950.5
      B. Lowe 2B40000022.288.340.545.886-1.0
      A. Garcia RF40100010.282.343.489.8310.5
      K. Kiermaier CF40000021.224.290.384.674-1.0
      D. Robertson SS30000011.183.286.279.565-0.5
      A. Bemboom C20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      a- T. d'Arnaud PH-C10000000.071.161.071.2330.0
      B. Snell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      C. Roe P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      R. Stanek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      A. Pruitt P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      Total3417110129-----
      • a-grounded out for Bemboom in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Urshela (9), A. Romine (2), M. Tauchman (7)
      • HR - T. Estrada (2)
      • SF - B. Gardner
      • SH - D. LeMahieu
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu (21), G. Urshela 2 (15), B. Gardner (15), T. Estrada (4), M. Tauchman (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (12), M. Tauchman (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Voit, M. Andujar 3 (3), C. Maybin, T. Estrada 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Meadows (8)
      • RBI - A. Meadows (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Diaz 3 (3), B. Lowe 2 (2), D. Robertson
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (W, 3-3)7.05110713.441.2028.5
      Z. Britton (H, 7)1.02000203.121.332.0
      C. Green1.000003014.542.194.5
      Total9.07110121---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (W, 3-3)7.0
      Z. Britton (H, 7)1.0
      C. Green1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (L, 3-4)5.242221203.560.988.0
      C. Roe1.10001203.001.923.0
      R. Stanek1.01111202.571.001.0
      A. Pruitt1.04441117.361.36-5.5
      Total9.09775171---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (L, 3-4)5.2
      C. Roe1.1
      R. Stanek1.0
      A. Pruitt1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - Z. Britton
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 73-55, Z. Britton 19-14, C. Green 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 7-7, Z. Britton 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 26, Z. Britton 5, C. Green 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Snell (2), R. Stanek
      • IBB - A. Pruitt
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 96-68, C. Roe 28-18, R. Stanek 22-14, A. Pruitt 19-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 3-2, C. Roe 1-1, R. Stanek 1-0, A. Pruitt 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 23, C. Roe 5, R. Stanek 5, A. Pruitt 8
      • 9TH INNING
        Gardner hit sacrifice fly to center, Voit scored71
        Urshela doubled to deep right, Romine and Tauchman scored, Voit to third61
        Estrada homered to right41
      • 8TH INNING
        Voit scored, Andujar to second on wild pitch31
      • 6TH INNING
        Meadows homered to center21
      • 5TH INNING
        LeMahieu singled to deep right, Tauchman scored20
        Tauchman doubled to deep center, Romine scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Austin Pruitt relieved Ryne Stanek
        • T. Estrada: Foul, Strike looking, Estrada homered to right
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Romine singled to center
        • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Ball, Tauchman singled to left center, Romine to second
        • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Romine to third, Tauchman to second
        • L. Voit: Voit intentionally walked
        • G. Urshela: Foul, Urshela doubled to deep right, Romine and Tauchman scored, Voit to third
        • B. Gardner: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gardner hit sacrifice fly to center, Voit scored
        • M. Andujar: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chad Green relieved Zack Britton
        • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryne Stanek relieved Chaz Roe
        • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Voit walked
        • G. Urshela: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Urshela struck out on foul tip
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gardner singled to left, Voit to second
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Andujar reached on fielder's choice to third, Voit to third, Gardner out at second
        • C. Maybin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Voit scored, Andujar to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Zack Britton relieved Masahiro Tanaka
        • Travis d'Arnaud hit for Anthony Bemboom
        • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, d'Arnaud grounded out to second
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Meadows singled to center
        • T. Pham: Ball, Pham singled to right, Meadows to third
        • J. Choi: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Roe Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Romine lined out to third
        • M. Tauchman: Ball, Strike looking, Tauchman grounded out to shortstop
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brett Gardner in center field
        • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier grounded out to first
        • D. Robertson: Strike swinging, Robertson grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • G. Urshela: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
        • C. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
        • M. Andujar: Pickoff attempt, Andujar grounded out to pitcher, Frazier to second
        • Chaz Roe relieved Blake Snell
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Maybin walked
        • T. Estrada: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Estrada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • A. Bemboom: Ball, Bemboom flied out to deep left
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Meadows homered to center
        • T. Pham: Foul, Pham grounded out to third
        • J. Choi: Choi singled to right
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz singled to left center, Choi to second
        • B. Lowe: Foul, Lowe flied out to shallow left
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maybin grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Estrada: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Estrada struck out swinging
        • A. Romine: Ball, Strike swinging, Romine doubled to left center
        • M. Tauchman: Strike swinging, Tauchman doubled to deep center, Romine scored
        • D. LeMahieu: Foul, LeMahieu singled to deep right, Tauchman scored
        • L. Voit: Ball, LeMahieu to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Voit flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Strike (foul tip), Garcia grounded out to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier grounded out to second
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu reached on an infield single to third
        • L. Voit: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Voit walked, LeMahieu to second
        • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
        • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • M. Andujar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • Y. Diaz: Diaz flied out to right
        • B. Lowe: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • T. Estrada: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Estrada struck out swinging
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Romine grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Tauchman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Tauchman struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • A. Bemboom: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bemboom struck out swinging
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows lined out to center
        • T. Pham: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • C. Frazier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • M. Andujar: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lowe flied out to left
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia singled to center
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Robertson popped out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu flied out to deep center
        • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
        • G. Urshela: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Meadows fouled out to third
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Choi reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Diaz reached on fielder's choice to third, Choi out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)