Legends On Deck

Yanks Power Past Rays, 11-5

Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner – Photo Courtesy of Gabe Rodriguez/LOD

So far this season the New York Yankees have dominated their American League East division rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays and Monday night was no different.

The Rays sent RHP Alex Colome (ERA 5.63) to the mound in hopes of him extending his undefeated record. Alex Rodriguez hit his eighth homer of the season in the top of the first on a fly ball to left center field and put New York up 1-0.

LHP CC Sabathia (ERA 5.20) was on the mound for the Yanks and looked much more confident than in recent starts, overcoming a rough first inning in which he allowed back to back walks by Brandon Guyer and Steven Souza Jr. Evan Longoria would then fly out to center to advance both base runners. A RBI double by Logan Forsythe on a line drive to left then allowed the Rays to tie the game at one and Souza Jr. would try and give Tampa Bay the lead but would be called out at home.

In the top of the fourth, the Yankees would step it up a notch and Carlos Beltran would start things off with a single on a line drive to center. A single by Mark Teixeira, then put runners on the corners. But, it was Chase Headley‘s fourth homer of the season that put the Yankees up 4-1.

The Yanks’ power surge didn’t stop there though as Beltran hit a solo homerun on a line drive to center, his second of the season. Then in the top of the sixth, Brett Gardner hit a homerun of his own, a three run blast. A sac fly by Headly in the top of the seventh to send Teixeira home and give New York a solid 9-1 lead.

Sabathia would continue to fare well after the first inning and seemed to cruise through until the seventh inning when he allowed three runs by the Rays which included back to back homeruns by Forsythe and Joey Butler as well as sac fly by Tim Beckham to send Asdrubal Cabrera home to score and make it a 9-4 ballgame.

Sabathia’s final line would be seven innings allowing six hits and four runs; three earned and struck out nine. David Carpenter (ERA 4.97) then pitched the eighth inning allowing one hit and one more run by the Rays.

The New York Yankees’ homerun party wasn’t over yet as Teixeira hit his eleventh homerun of the season with Alex Rodriguez on base to tack on two more runs for a 11-5 game.

Sabathia earned his first win of the season after starting with (0-5) record. Colome was charged with his first loss of the season (2-1) after going six innings, allowing eleven hits and eight runs; striking out six.

Top Stats:

New York Yankees:
Brett Gardner: 1 for 5; 3 RBI, HR
Carlos Beltran: 2 for 5; RBI, HR
Alex Rodriguez: 1 for 4; RBI, HR
Mark Teixeira: 4 for 5; 2 RBI, HR
Chase Headley: 2 for 4; 4 RBI, HR

Tampa Bay Rays:
Logan Forsythe: 2 for 4; 3 RBI, HR
Joey Butler: 1 for 4; RBI; HR
Asdrubal Cabrera: 2 for 4

Next up:

The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays will meet again on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field with Nathan Eovaldi (3.97, 3-0) of the Yankees going up against Chris Archer (2.59, 3-4) who will start for the Rays.


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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