St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Curtis Granderson knocked in the go-
ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning, as the New York
Yankees salvaged the finale of a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays
with a 3-2 triumph Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Alfonso Soriano got things started with a one-out double into the left-field
corner and alertly swiped third before Granderson lifted a ball deep to center
field, scoring Soriano easily from third for a one-run lead.
Mariano Rivera retired the Rays in order in the home half to secure his 38th
save of the season and make a winner out of Boone Logan (4-2), who got pinch-
hitter Jose Lobaton to ground into a double play to end the bottom of the
Robinson Cano finished a triple shy of the cycle and knocked in two runs to
help the Yankees avoid being swept by the Rays for the first time since Apr.
Evan Longoria stroked a solo homer and plated both runs for the Rays, who had
won five of their last six coming into the contest.
Jamey Wright (2-2) served up Granderson's sac fly in the 11th to absorb the
The Rays jumped on New York starter Ivan Nova in the first, as David DeJesus
laced a leadoff single and Ben Zobrist worked a walk before Longoria ripped a
base hit through the left side of the infield to score DeJesus for a 1-0 lead.
After Matt Joyce grounded into a fielder's choice, Nova walked Wil Myers to
load the bases, but escaped further damage by getting James Loney to ground
into an inning-ending 5-2-3 double play.
Cano smacked a one-out blast into the first row in left to get the Yankees on
the board in the fourth and then put his squad in front in the sixth when he
followed Ichiro Suzuki's leadoff single with a double into the gap in right-
center field to plate Suzuki for a 2-1 lead.
Longoria pulled the Rays even in the home half, launching a one-out blast into
the left-field seats to make it 2-2.
Neither team moved a runner into scoring position after the sixth until Alex
Rodriguez led off the 10th with a pinch-hit single and moved to second on
Brett Gardner's sacrifice bunt.
However, Suzuki followed with a liner back to the mound that Wright snagged
before tossing to second to double off Rodriguez and end the inning.
Nova had gone 40 consecutive innings without allowing a home run prior to
Longoria's blast in the sixth. The right-hander allowed two runs on six hits
and six walks over 6 2/3 frames ... Rodriguez's single in the 10th was his
first career base hit as a pinch-hitter ... Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb
allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings ... New York
finished 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base ...
The Rays fell to 9-7 against the Yankees this season. The clubs meet a final
time at Yankee Stadium from Sept. 24-26.
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