While Masahiro Tanaka handed in another good start for the Bronx Bombers, the bats needed to come alive, especially after last night’s brutal 10-5 loss in 14 innings. With home runs powered by Mark Teixeira and Kelly Johnson, the Yankees were able to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Masahiro Tanaka went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts, becoming tougher on the Rays hitters as the game went along. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth and Preston Claiborne pitches a scoreless ninth.
With the Yankees down 3-0 in the fourth inning, Teixeira hit a home run against Jake Odorizzi, bringing the Yankees within one run. In the fifth, Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI double, scoring Ichiro and tying the game at three. The Yankees took the lead in the sixth on a Kelly Johnson home run and they never looked back. They scored two runs in the seventh powered by an RBI single by Teixeira and a SAC Fly by Alfonso Soriano and three in the ninth on an RBI double for Ichiro Suzuki and a two-run single for Brett Gardner.
– The Yankees will attempt to win the series as CC Sabathia takes the mound for the Yankees. Erik Bedard will take the mound for the Rays, trying to lead the Rays to the series win. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.