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Rays Salvage Finale From Yankees

The Tampa Bay Rays didn't get a strong start from Jake Faria Sunday, but the bullpen pitched five shutout innings to help salvage the finale of their four-game series in the Bronx, besting the New York Yankees 5-3.

Tampa Bay got an RBI single from Trevor Plouffe in the first, and after Faria gave up that lead in the second with a two-run homer by Ronald Torreyes, his third of the year, three two-out runs from base hits by Corey Dickerson and Wilson Ramos to make it a 4-2 lead.

Torreyes continued to torture Faria in the fourth, as his RBI double cut the Tampa Bay lead back to a single run, and the Tampa Bay starter would leave after allowing Brett Gardner and Clint Frazier to reach on walks to begin the fifth.  But Sergio Romo and Dan Jennings would work through a second and third with nobody out situation with the right-hander striking out Aaron Judge and inducing a pop fly by matt Holliday, while Jennings got Didi Gregorius to ground out to end the threat.

Steve Cishek worked out of a bases-loaded situation of his own in the sixth, where Todd Frazier walked, Torreyes reached on a throwing error by Adeiny Hechaverria and a hit by pitch by Austin Romine before working a quiet seventh.

Steven Souza Jr. gave the Rays a little more insurance in the eighth with an RBI double to cap the scoring at 5-3.

Tommy Hunter worked a perfect eighth before Alex Colome gave up a single to Colome and walk to Gardner with one out in the ninth, but Judge popped out and Holliday grounded out to earn his American League-leading 30th save.

The win ends Tampa Bay's three-game losing streak and gets them back to two games over .500 at 54-52.

It's now on to Houston for a four-game series against the Astros, with Alex Cobb (9-5, 3.46 ERA) scheduled to start Monday's opener against Charlie Morton (8-4, 3.83 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 8:10, with coverage on WDAE starting at 7:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Sykes Lakeland.

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