Bats power Yankees to series win against Tampa

The Yankees increased their lead over the Rays to five games in the AL East after their bats powered them to a 6-4 victory on Sunday.

The big inning happened in the bottom of the third when Eduardo Nunez started things off with a walk and stolen base. He came around to score on a Derek Jeter base hit, Jeter then scored on an Alex Rodriguez hit, and Russell Martin topped it all off with a three-run shot that made it 5-0.

The Yankees and Rays traded runs in the fourth inning and then the Rays got back in it during the sixth when a fan got in the way of an easy pop up and a bad hop eluded A-Rod at third to set up the big inning. Hiroki Kuroda ultimately got out of that inning though and the bullpen kept the score at 6-4 for the victory.

Taking two of three in this series and knocking the Rays to five games back is huge. With just 16 games left that lead could be insurmountable for the Rays.

Meanwhile, the Orioles are still just one game back and are playing the Oakland Athletics right now. The A’s have taken the first two games of that series and are looking for the sweep in what could be a preview of the wild card matchup in October. The Yankees have to face those same A’s next weekend.

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