How Sweep It Is: Bauers Walks Off In Twelfth Inning

 

ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- The New York Yankees had not lost three straight game all season long.

Until now.

Jake Bauers' solo home run leading off the bottom of the twelfth inning gave the Tampa Bay Rays a three-game sweep of the leaders in the American League East, sending New York to a 7-6 defeat in Sunday's finale at Tropicana Field.

Bauers, who just missed homering off Shreve in Saturday's win, wasted no time Sunday, jumping on Shreve's first pitch and sending it off the garage doors beyond the center field fence for his second home run of the year.

 

Tampa Bay initially took the lead in the bottom of the first inning against Yankees starter Domingo German as Kevin Kiermaier led off the inning with a triple and scored on a double by Matt Duffy.  Bauers popped out and Joey Wendle flew out, but Carlos Gomez picked his teammate up with an RBI double for a 2-0 advantage.

After a scoreless first, Matt Andriese relinquished the lead in the second as Miguel Andujar launched a three-run homer to left to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead.  However, that deficit would be short lived as Hechavarria tied the game in the bottom of the second with a solo shot of his own, his third of the season.

 

The Rays added on in the third, as Bauers led off the inning with a triple, scoring two batters later on a base hit from Gomez.  Mallex Smith reached on an infield single, and after Hechavarria struck out, Jesus Sucre lined a German pitch into the left field corner to bring in both runners and make the lead 6-3.

New York made it a one-run game again in the fifth, with Brett Gardner drawing a one-out walk from Diego Castillo, then scoring on a double by Didi Gregorius, with Giancarlo Stanton doubling the shortstop in to make it a 6-5 game.

Vidal Nuno relieved Castillo to start the sixth, and was still in the game when New York tied things up in the eighth, with Stanton hitting his 19th home run of the year, a solo shot leading off the frame.

The left-hander would work through the ninth inning, and Sergio Romo worked a scoreless tenth and eleventh inning.

Jonny Venters left after just one batter in the twelfth, straining his right hamstring running to cover first base on a bunt by Gardner.

 

Manager Kevin Cash said after the game that Venters would require a stint on the disabled list.

The injury forced Cash to bring in Ryan Yarbrough, who earned the win in Friday's opener, with a runner on and the middle of the order coming up.  Yarbrough (7-3) got Aaron Judge and Gregorius to each ground out, and after walking Stanton, who had five hits on the afternoon, intentionally, got Austin Romine to ground out to end the threat and set up the heroics by Bauers.

The win gives Tampa Bay their first three-game sweep of the Yankees at Tropicana Field since July 29-31, 2016, and the Yankees their first three-game losing streak of any kind since August 28-30, 2017.

MONDAY'S MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Rays (37-40) vs. Washington Nationals (40-35), 7:10 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 6:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays starter - LHP Blake Snell (9-4, 2.48 ERA)

Nationals starter - LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.08 ERA)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday - Rays vs. Washington Nationals, 12:10 p.m. first pitch

Wednesday - OFF

Thursday - Rays vs. Houston Astros, 7:10 p.m. first pitch

Friday - Rays vs. Houston Astros, 7:10 p.m. first pitch 

Saturday - Rays vs. Houston Astros, 4:10 p.m. first pitch

Sunday - Rays vs. Houston Astros, 1:10 p.m. first pitch

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