(Saturday, August 16)
Final Score: New York 3, Baltimore 2
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Derek Jeter drove in the winning run in the ninth inning to help the New York Yankees in a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in the second of a three-game set.
Martin Prado hit a two-run home run for the Yankees, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
Shane Greene gave up two runs on seven hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts over six-plus innings in the start. Dellin Betances (5-0) pitched a flawless eighth for the win.
Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar each drove in a run for the Rays, who had a three-game winning streak broken. Drew Smyly allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings of starting work.
Jake McGee (3-1) was on the mound to start the ninth and deflected a grounder up the middle by Brett Gardner that Logan Forsythe fielded. Forsythe hurried his throw to first to try and beat Gardner, but his throw was off the mark and it went into the dugout, allowing Gardner to move to second, Jeter followed with a single to right for the go-ahead run.
David Robertson tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 32nd save of the season.
The Yankees grabbed the lead in the second inning as Chase Headley worked a two-out walk and Prado followed with a big blast over the wall in left for a 2-0 lead.
Tampa left men on base in each of the first three innings, and didn’t threaten again until the sixth.
With one out, Matt Joyce singled and Evan Longoria followed with a base hit. Following a line out from James Loney, Escobar singled home Joyce to make it a 2-1 game.
In the seventh, Curt Casali was hit by a pitch and Kevin Kiermaier reached base on an infield single to chase Greene from the game.
Shawn Kelley took the mound and a sacrifice bunt from Desmond Jennings moved the runners up a bag before Zobrist grounded out to score Forsythe, who came on to pinch-run from Casali, and tie the game.
Before the game, the Rays recalled infielder Vince Belnome from Triple-A Durham and optioned pitcher Brandon Gomes to Durham … Tampa still leads the season-series, 8-4 … Tampa left seven men on base as the team was 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
|Brett Gardner LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.276|
|Derek Jeter DH||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Jacoby Ellsbury CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.271|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|Carlos Beltran RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.237|
|Ichiro Suzuki RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Chase Headley 3B||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||.241|
|Martin Prado 2B||3||1||1||2||0||0||1||0||0||.174|
|Francisco Cervelli C||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||.296|
|Brendan Ryan SS||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Stephen Drew PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.173|
|Desmond Jennings CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||.244|
|Ben Zobrist 2B-LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||.279|
|Matt Joyce LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.278|
|Jose Molina C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|Evan Longoria 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.253|
|James Loney 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.287|
|Yunel Escobar SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||.257|
|Vince Belnome DH||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Brandon Guyer PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Curt Casali C||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.186|
|Logan Forsythe PR-2B||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.248|
|Kevin Kiermaier RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Sean Rodriguez PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.219|
|Dellin Betances (W 5-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.50|
|David Robertson (S 32)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.56|
|Jake McGee (L 3-1)||1.0||3||1||0||0||2||0||1.29|