The New York Yankees (18-16) defeated the Tampa Bay Rays (27-7) 3-2 on Saturday evening at Tropicana Field. The Rays saw their winning streak end at four games with the loss.
Manuel Margot came through with a two-run double in the first that gave the Rays an early 2-0 lead. That would be the only scoring until the eighth inning, when the Yankees mounted a comeback. DJ LeMahieu hit a RBI double to pull New York within 2-1, before Harrison Bader came through with what would prove to be the winning hit. His two-run single to right gave New York a 3-2 lead, which would be the final score.
Drew Rasmussen started and pitched five and two-third shutout innings while striking out six and walking two. Kevin Kelly (3-1, 4.26) gave up the lead in the eighth inning and blew his first save of the season in the loss.
The Rays will look to bounce back and win the series in the finale on Sunday afternoon. First pitch on Sunday is scheduled for 1:40 PM - Neil Solondz begins pregame coverage with This Week In Rays Baseball at high noon on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620, your Home of Rays Baseball.
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