The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 in twelve innings Monday night at Yankee Stadium. Brad Boxberger picked up the win with Jose Ramirez taking the loss for the Yankees. Chris Archer pitched well for the Rays against the Yankees again, giving up two runs over seven innings.
Matt Joyce continued his hot hitting in the first inning of this contest, hitting a two out home run to right center to give the Rays an early 1-0 lead. Evan Longoria followed with a single, but Loney struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Rays double the lead in the top of the third inning, with Kevin Kiermaier hitting a leadoff home run to right on a full count pitch.
The Yankees got both runs back in the bottom of the third on a rally started by Ichiro Suzuki reaching after being hit by an Archer fastball to leadoff the inning. Brett Gardner, the next batter, brought Ichiro home with a triple hit past Kiermaier in right field to halve the Rays' lead and continue the Yankee threat. Derek Jeter scored Gardner on a groundout to second base to tie the game at 2 apiece. Archer walked the next batter, Jacoby Ellsbury, who promptly stole second base to give the Yankees another threat. Archer managed to retire the next two batters to keep the tie intact.
The Rays mounted major two out rallies in both the sixth and seventh innings. The rally in the sixth inning chased starter David Phelps from the game and brought in Adam Warren, who got a groundout from Brandon Guyer to end the inning with men on first and second.
The Rays left the bases loaded in the seventh inning with Warren giving up a two out single to Kiermaier before walking Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist to load the bases. Joyce was unable to bring any of the runners home however, as he grounded out to second.
The Rays finally added a run in the eighth inning, this time cashing in on a two out rally. With two outs, Dellin Betances, pitching for the Yankees, walked Guyer and Logan Forsythe, prompting David Robertson to come in to put the fire out. However, Ryan Hanigan singled to left, bringing Guyer home and giving the Rays a 3-2 lead.
The Yankees mounted a threat with Jake McGee pitching the eighth inning. Ellsbury, who was on base three times, reached on a bloop single to right with one out to start the threat. McGee struck out Mark Teixeira to bring up Brian McCann, who hit a double that fell just in front of a diving Brandon Guyer. It appeared as though Ellsbury would score easily, as the Yankees were waving him around third. However, he was not running hard as he rounded second, possibly believing that the ball would be caught, and ended up on third. Beltran popped out to end the inning.
Joel Peralta came on the pitch the ninth inning for the Rays and was not able to nail down the game, blowing his fourth save of the season. Brian Roberts hit a one out home run to right field to tie the game at 3.
The Rays had a chance to take the lead in the top of the 11th inning with the suddenly hot hitting Forsythe leading off the inning with a single to right. Kiermaier moved him to second with one out with a single of his own. Jennings was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the Rays with Zobrist up. However, both Zobrist and Joyce struck out swinging to end the inning with no runs scored.
Brad Boxberger entered the game for the Rays and pitched a perfect bottom of the 11th.
The 12th inning proved to be decisive for the Rays. Guyer walked with two outs and stole second to give the Rays a man in scoring position with Forsythe at the plate. Forsythe continued his hot hitting by hitting a soft liner into shallow center to bring Guyer home, giving the Rays a 4-3 lead.
Boxberger remained in the game and pitched a perfect bottom of the 12th to end the game.
The Rays and Yankees continue their series tomorrow at 7:05 ET at Yankee stadium with David Price taking the mound for the Rays to face Hiroki Kuroda.