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Rays can't complete sweep, drop finale in 11 innings

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly in the top of the eleventh inning scored Alfonso Soriano to break a 2-2 tie and give the New York Yankees a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Sunday's finale.

Soriano doubled off Jamey Wright (2-2) with one-out in the eleventh, and with Curtis Granderson at the plate stole third base, forcing Joe Maddon to bring the infield in.  Granderson then lifted a pitch to Wil Myers in right, deep enough to bring in Soriano easily from third base.

Tampa Bay had a golden opportunity to put a big inning together in the first, as David DeJesus led off with a single off Ivan Nova and Ben Zobrist drew a four-pitch walk.  Evan Longoria singled into left to bring in DeJesus for a 1-0 lead.

Matt Joyce grounded into a fielder's choice, and Nova walked Wil Myers to load the bases.  James Loney, who was 4 fot 7 coming into Sunday's game against Nova, grounded into a 5-2-3 double play to end the rally.

The Yankees drew even in the fourth on a solo home run by Robinson Cano, and took the lead in the sixth as Ichiro Suzuki reached on an infield single and scored on a Cano double.

Tampa Bay knotted the game again in the bottom half of the sixth, as Longoria launched his 28th home run of the season.

Tthe Rays will head to Kansas City to make up a game postponed by snow on May 2 with the Royals.  Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 5.01 ERA) will get the start against Jeremy Guthrie (12-10, 4.27 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 2:10, with pregame coverage beginning at 1:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

 

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