BY: John Mamola
A Vernon Wells three RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning spoiled a big day for Rays outfielder Wil Myers as the Yankees defeat the Rays 7-5. Myers blasting his first home run of his career, a grand slam, simply wasn’t enough as the Yankees offense scored four runs off the Rays bullpen in the win.
Alex Colome came into the game after being called up from AAA Durham on Friday afternoon. Colome was looking to build off his first career major league start back on May 30th against the Miami Marlins in which he earned his first major league win as a starter. This time around for the 24 year old hurler from the Dominican, he received some early run support from the bat of Evan Longoria.
Longoria got the Rays on the board in their half of the second inning as he took an 0-1 fastball from Yankees starter CC Sabathia over the wall in deep center field to give the Rays an early 1-0 lead. Longoria’s solo blast was his seventeenth home run of the season, and his seventh straight solo home run.
The Yankees got on the board in the third inning as their biggest superstar in the making Zolio Almonte kicked off his second career start in a Yankees uniform with a two RBI single putting New York ahead 2-1 after three. Almote recorded his third RBI of the game in the Yankees fifth inning with a bases loaded walk making it 4-1 Yankees.
After an intentional walk to Evan Longoria to load the bases with two outs in the Rays sixth inning, Wil Myers enjoyed another first in his major league career. The 22 year old outfielder blasted his first home run in the major leagues with a grand slam blast on a 3-2 pitch from CC Sabathia giving the Rays a 5-4 lead. Myers becomes the first Rays player since Jorge Velandia in 2007 to have his first MLB home run be a grand slam.
The four run inning for the Rays put them in the driver seat, but the failing of the Rays bullpen in the later innings bit them in the end. The Yankees putting up four runs in the bottom of the seventh sealed the game for CC Sabathia and the pinstripes. A bases loaded walk to David Adams made it a 5-4 Rays lead, followed by Vernon Wells three RBI double to put the game away at 7-5 for the Yanks.
CC Sabathia earns his eighth win of the season going seven innings allowing five runs on six hits. Joel Peralta gets the loss as he allows three runs in a 1/3 of an inning work. Mariano Rivera sealed his 26th save of the season in his 100th career appearance against the Rays.
The Rays will look to split the four game series tomorrow afternoon in New York as they send Chris Archer against Ivan Nova for the Yankees. You can catch all the action on 620am/95.3fm WDAE beginning at 1:30pm with the pre-game, and a 2:05pm first pitch.