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Rays Take Third Straight In Extra Innings Fashion

 

The Tampa Bay Rays lost both a 2-0 and a 3-2 lead in the Bronx Monday night, but found a way to still pull out a victory.

Logan Forsythe's two-out single in the top of the 12th inning scored Brandon Guyer with the go-ahead run, giving the Rays a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees.

Both of Tampa Bay's runs off Yankees starter David Phelps came in the form of solo home runs by a left-handed hitter.  Matt Joyce started the scoring with a blast in the top of the first, and Kevin Kiermaier added a run with a solo shot two innings later.

Archer's only problem inning came in the bottom of the third, as he hit Ichiro Suzuki with a pitch to lead off the frame.  Brett Gardner then brought in the Yankees right fielder with a triple into the right field corner, and tied the game as Derek Jeter grounded out.

The Rays right-hander would not give up any more to New York, although he had to work out of jams in both the sixth and seventh where the Yankees got runners to second base, but could not bring either of them in.

Tampa Bay broke the tie in the eighth, as Brandon Guyer drew a two-out walk from Dellin Betances, stole second base, and following a walk to Logan Forsythe, scored on a single by Ryan Hanigan.

New York got another chance to even the contest in the eighth after Jacoby Ellsbury singled and took third on a single by Brian McCann that Brandon Guyer could not corral in left field.  McGee got out of the jam by getting Carlos Beltran to pop out.

The Yankees finally got back on the board in the bottom of the ninth, when Brian Roberts homered off Joel Peralta to make it 3-3.

Tampa Bay had a golden opportunity against Shawn Kelley in the 11th, as Logan Forsythe and Kevin Kiermaier each singled and Desmond Jennings was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce each struck out to strand the bases loaded.

The Rays broke the tie in the 12th, as Guyer drew a two-out walk, stole second base, and scored on a base hit by Forsythe.

Brad Boxberger (1-1) pitched two perfect innings of relief to earn his first major league win.

Tampa Bay can equal their season-high in consecutive victories with a win Tuesday.  David Price (6-7, 3.63 ERA) will get the start, taking on Hiroki Kuroda (5-5, 4.23 ERA).  First pitch is set for 7:10, with pregame coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

NOTES: After the game, Tampa Bay placed SS Yunel Escobar (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 25.  The team said they will make a corresponding move Tuesday.  With a strikeout by Boxberger of Suzuki in the bottom of the 12th inning, the Rays set a new major league record for strikeouts in any month with 287, eclipsing the mark set in 2002 by the Chicago Cubs.

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