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Rays Fall Apart In Extras, Drop Finale To Yankees

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- On paper, it probably looked like a bullpen day for both teams, but a pitching duel broke out between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees Sunday.

Cesar Ramos and Vidal Nuno each threw five strong innings, but it took an extra-inning bases-loaded walk by Dean Anna in the 12th to break a 1-1 tie, as New York salavged a split with the Rays thanks to a 5-1 decision.

New York broke through Ramos in the fourth inning, as Alfonso Soriano doubled to the opposite field, and after the left-hander retired Mark Teixeira and Yangervis Solarte, Brett Gardner lifted a ball to right that was initially ruled a catch at the wall by Wil Myers.  However, upon review, it was ruled a trap off the wall and Soriano came home on a double.

Meanwhile, Nuno did not allow a hit until Zobrist's single with one out in the fourth, and managed to get out of a jam in each of his final two innings of work, stranding a pair of runners each time.

Tampa Bay finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh, as James Loney singled off reliever David Phelps with one out.  Brandon Guyer then grounded into what looked like an inning-ending double play, but Brian Roberts dropped the throw at second base.  Joe Girardi then turned to Adam Warren, who allowed a single by Yunel Escobar to load the bases before pinch-hitter Matt Joyce's sacrifice fly brought in Loney to tie the game.

The game remained 1-1 until the top of the 12th, when Heath Bell allowed a walk to Vangervis Solarte to start the inning.  Joe Maddon then went to rookie C.J. Riefenhauser who got Gardner's to ground into a fielder's choice then erased Solarte at second base.  Roberts then lined out for the second out, but McCann singled Gardner to third, and after Jacoby Ellsbury was walked intentionally, Dean Anna worked an eight-pitch walk to force in Gardner.

Maddon then turned to Josh Lueke, who allowed a two-run single to Carlos Beltran, and an RBI single to Soriano.

The Rays will have a day off Monday before beginning a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.  David Price (2-1, 4.39 ERA) will get the start against Kyle Gibson (3-0, 0.93 ERA).  First pitch Tuesday is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

 

 

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