Yoshi the Hero as Tampa Bay Rays Sweep Yanks in New York in 4-2 Nail-Biter

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge shows his frustration after striking out to end the 5th inning Sunday afternoon.

Yoshi Tsutsugo has endeared himself to Rays fans - for at least one game.

Yoshi's run-scoring double was the go-ahead run in the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday, giving the Rays a series sweep over the preseason AL East favorites.

Joey Wendle added a solo homer for an important insurance run in the ninth inning.

After a solo home run by Giancarlo Stanton gave the Bombers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, Tampa Bay grabbed a 2-1 lead in the third, keyed by an RBI single by Yandy Diaz, with an error to Yankees centerfielder Aaron Hicks allowing Kevin Kiermaier to advance to third. Kiermaier then scored the then go-ahead run on a Manuel Margot sac fly.

The Yankees tied the score at 2 in the fifth on a two-out bloop single by DJ LeMahieu, driving in Gio Urshela, who led off the inning with a double off eventual winner Ryan Yarbrough.

Yarbrough pitched five innings for his first win of the season, allowing a run on only two Yankee his, striking out four. Once again, Gerrit Cole can't defeat the Rays in the regular season, and is now 0-4 lifetime against Tampa Bay.

The Rays now hit the road for a trip that starts in Kansas City on Monday to face the Royals. Coverage starts on 95.3 WDAE at 7:30 p.m. with Neil Solondz and the Rays pregame show. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m.

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