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Heathcott’s 3 Run Homer Puts Yankees Ahead Of Rays

Slade Heathcott contributed to the Yankees 9th inning rally on Monday night when he hit a three run homer.  (Gabe Rodriguez)

Slade Heathcott contributed to the Yankees 9th inning rally on Monday night when he hit a three run homer.
(Gabe Rodriguez)

If Yankee fans watched just the first six innings of the divisional matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, they were probably very disappointed that their team was being no-hit by Erasmo Ramirez. But, The New York Yankees’ ninth inning rally that was sparked by both Alex Rodriguez and then Slade Heathcott, they pulled off the 4-1 victory.

Yankees’ starter C.C. Sabathia pitched six and two thirds innings of solid shutout baseball with just three hits and two walks allowed; striking out six.

Ramirez kept the no-hitter until the top of the eighth when Carlos Beltran hit a single on a ground ball to right field on a 90mph fastball.

The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth when Logan Forsythe doubled to left field sending Mikie Mahtook home to score.

Then, in the top of the ninth, Alex Rodriguez hit a game tying RBI double to send home Brett Gardner. Rodriguez was then replaced by pinch runner Chris Young and Slade Heathcott who was just recalled from Triple-A Scranton on Saturday, hit a three run game winning homerun to left field off of Rays’ reliever Brad Boxberger.

Yankees’ closer Andrew Miller earned his thirty-third save of 2015 when he struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win.

The second game of the series will be at 7:00pm on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field when the Yankees’ Adam Warren (3.29, 6-6) will take the mound against the Rays’ Jake Odorizzi (3.21, 7-8).

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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