Been a couple of exciting, well-played games by the Yanks and Rays, huh? Phil Hughes made one mistake on Friday night and it cost the Yanks the game. They bounced back tonight, however, and served the Rays a dose of their own medicine. The Yanks rallied down 3-1, and 4-3. A trio of homers did it–a two run bomb by Mark Teixiera, solo shot by Nick Swisher and the game-winner, a long, soaring home run by Robinson Cano.
Final score: Yanks 5, Rays 4.
Javier Vazquez and Matt Garza both competed; neither was great. Matt Joyce hit another long home run, and duly admired the fruits of his labor. Carl Crawford collected the 400th stolen base of his career. But Boone Loogan and Dave Robertson were terrific in relief, and kept the game close for New York. And Mariano did like he do in the ninth after Cano’s homer gave the Yanks the lead in the bottom of the eighth.
Alex Rodriguez had a tough night, striking out, popping up, and laughed at himself when he spoke to reporters after the game. He had some more pitches to drive, put some good swings on them, and had nothing to show for it.
Lance Berkman didn’t look relaxed either but then again, the Yanks only had six hits all night, three by Cano.
The Yanks lead in the AL stands at two. No matter what happens tomorrow, they’ll leave town in first.
[Photo Credit: Mike Carlson, AP,