The Yankees normally don’t play well against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, but with a stellar pitching performance from Hiroki Kuroda and timely clutch hits, they were able to take the series in a 4-2 victory at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.
While down 1-0 in the fifth inning, Brett Gardner hit a two-run RBI single to give the Yankees the lead. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a RBI single of his own, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead at that point. With the score 3-2 in the 8th, Mark Teixeira hit his 20th home run of the season, tying Joe DiMaggio for 80th place on the Yankees All-Time home runs list.
Hiroki Kuroda went 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out one before handing the ball to Shawn Kelley. Kelley retired his batter, Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth and David Robertson notched his 33rd save in the ninth, making it 21 straight successful opportunities Robertson has notched a save.
— The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow, but they will be back on Tuesday in the Bronx as they face the Houston Astros. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.