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Jeter, Yankees avoid sweep vs. Rays
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jeter, Yankees avoid sweep vs. Rays

(Wednesday, September 17)

Final Score: New York 3, Tampa Bay 2

St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Derek Jeter broke out of a slump in his last game at Tropicana Field, scoring the eventual winning run as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Jeter, who is retiring, snapped an 0-for-28 slump with a leadoff single in the sixth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly.

New York starter Brandon McCarthy (7-4) struck out the last three batters he faced on nine pitches and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in seven innings.

“I think he’s really good,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon. “I know he had a tough time in Arizona (before he was traded) but I’d like to see those videos.”

The Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided being swept in the three-game set after losing 1-0 and 6-1. They went 2-5 on a seven-game road trip.

Evan Longoria homered and drove in two runs for the Rays, who had a three-game winning streak ended. Alex Cobb (9-8) allowed three runs in six innings and remained winless in his last five starts.

New York didn’t have a baserunner until Jacoby Ellsbury’s leadoff single in the fourth. Longoria’s two-out drive to straightaway center field in the bottom of the inning, his 22nd homer of the season, gave the Rays a 1-0 lead.

The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on RBI doubles by Chase Headley and Brendan Ryan. They scored another run in the sixth but could have had more with the bases loaded.

Right fielder Wil Myers leaped to catch Brett Gardner’s drive at the wall, allowing only Jeter to score.

David DeJesus tripled in the sixth and scored on Longoria’s groundout to pull the Rays within 3-2.

After McCarthy had a so-called “immaculate inning” in the seventh, Dellin Betances worked around a leadoff walk in a scoreless eighth. David Robertson gave up a two-out single to Myers in the ninth but earned his 37th save.

Game Notes

The Rays went 11-8 against the Yankees this season. (including a three-game sweep in the Bronx from June 30-July 2). They remain at home for a three-game series against the White Sox that starts Friday … The Yankees return to New York for an eight-game homestand starting Thursday against Toronto.

AL Boxscore NY Yankees vs. Tampa Bay

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NY Yankees « 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 4 0
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 0
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap |Box
W:B.McCarthy(7-4) L:A.Cobb(9-8) S:D.Robertson (37)
HR: NYY- None TAM- E.Longoria (22)

NY Yankees AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR W K AVG
Jacoby Ellsbury DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .271
Derek Jeter SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .249
Brian McCann C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .234
Mark Teixeira 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .217
Chris Young LF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .324
Brett Gardner CF 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .260
Chase Headley 3B 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 .252
Ichiro Suzuki RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .279
Brendan Ryan 2B 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 .196
Totals 30 3 4 3 2 0 0 3 6
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR W K AVG
Ben Zobrist SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
David DeJesus DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .257
Evan Longoria 3B 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 2 .252
James Loney 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .289
Wil Myers RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222
Nick Franklin 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .164
Matt Joyce LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .254
Ryan Hanigan C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .229
  Brandon Guyer PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
  Curt Casali C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .159
Kevin Kiermaier CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .260
Totals 31 2 5 2 0 1 1 2 8

LOB_NY Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 4. 2B_C.Headley, B.Ryan. 3B_D.DeJesus. HR_E.Longoria (22) off B.McCarthy. SF_B.Gardner. SB_J.Ellsbury (39), N.Franklin (2), B.Guyer (6). CS_D.DeJesus.

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
Brandon McCarthy (W 7-4) 7.0 4 2 2 1 4 1 91-63 2.54
Dellin Betances (H 21) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 23-14 1.33
David Robertson (S 37) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 15-10 2.88
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
Alex Cobb (L 9-8) 6.0 4 3 3 3 3 0 100-60 2.82
C.J. Riefenhauser 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8-6 7.36
Grant Balfour 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 13-9 5.22
Joel Peralta 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 13-10 4.37

HBP_by A.Cobb (C.Young).
T_2:57. A_26332.
Umpires_Home,Alan Porter; First, Marty Foster; Second, Rob Drake; Third, Sean Barber.

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