(Monday, April 27)
NEW YORK YANKEES
Final Score: New York 4, Tampa Bay 1
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Brian McCann’s solo home run snapped a tie game in the sixth inning and helped the New York Yankees continue their recent roll with a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. McCann and Brett Gardner each went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Yankees’ sixth triumph in seven tries, which halted a streak of five straight wins the Rays brought into Monday’s opener of this three-game set between early AL East leaders. Stephen Drew chipped in an RBI double, while four New York relievers combined to hold the Rays scoreless over the final 3 1/3 frames. Justin Wilson (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of work, with Andrew Miller pitching the ninth to nail down his eighth save in as many chances. Tampa Bay managed just six hits on the night, with Evan Longoria finishing 2-for-4 and Asdrubal Cabrera driving in the team’s lone run.
NEW YORK METS
Final Score: New York 3, Miami 1
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – There wasn’t much offense throughout the game between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins. But the two teams saved the best for last. Daniel Murphy’s three-run homer in the ninth inning lifted the Mets to a 3-1 win over the Marlins in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night. New York starter Dillon Gee and Miami’s Jarred Cosart dueled throughout the evening and the Marlins were the first to crack the scoreboard, albeit in the eighth inning. Gee began the eighth with a groundout of Ichiro Suzuki and a strikeout of Adeiny Hechavarria. Pinch- hitter Justin Bour then singled and Dee Gordon followed with a base hit. Prado made it three hits in a row with a single to center that plated pinch-runner Reid Brignac. Carlos Torres (1-0) relieved Gee and induced an inning-ending popout from Giancarlo Stanton.