The Tampa Bay Rays (31-11) defeated the New York Yankees (23-19) 8-7 on Sunday afternoon in the Bronx. The win gives the Rays a four-game split of the series with the Yankees in the Bronx.
After the Rays took a 3-0 lead, New York answered with a pair of two-run homers (from Oswaldo Cabrera and Anthony Rizzo) in the bottom of the third to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead.
After a sacrifice fly from Randy Arozarena in the fifth tied the game 4-4, Taylor Walls hit a grand slam that gave the Rays an 8-4 lead and would prove to be the difference in the game.
The Yankees attempted to rally, getting a run in the seventh and a two-run homer from Anthony Volpe in the eighth to pull within 8-7. Jason Adam worked the ninth inning for the Rays, keeping New York off the board and earning his fifth save of the season.
Zach Eflin (5-1, 3.38) got the start and earned the win after allowing four earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work. He struck out nine and walked one in the outing.
The Rays are now off in Monday - their only day off in May - but stay in New York to play the Mets for a three game series beginning on Tuesday night. First pitch Tuesday night is scheduled for 7:10 PM at Citi Field in New York - Ronnie & T-Kras begin pregame coverage at 6:00 PM on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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