Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/3/12

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Rays overcame a rough start by James Shields, but the Yankees couldn't overcome their miscues Tuesday night.

Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run homer, Shields battled back and the Rays kept their Tropicana Field magic against the Yankees working for a 7-4 victory.

"We've played well against them here," said Rays manager Joe Maddon, whose team has won nine in row at home against the Yankees. "It's unfortunate this year. Our bane has been the (AL) Central. We've played well against everyone else except that division."

Rodriguez's shot to left off Ivan Nova (9-3) in the fourth gave the Rays a 5-4 lead after Shields (8-5) gave up three runs in the opening inning.

Tampa Bay added two runs in the seventh. Desmond Jennings stole home on a double steal in which catcher Russell Martin's throw to second bounced into center, and Ben Zobrist singled in a run.

Rodriguez went 3-for-4 and also had a double, and Jeff Keppinger hit a game-tying two-run single in the third for the Rays.

The AL East-leading Yankees fell to 0-5 this year at the Trop, and they haven't won in the quirky building since last July 20.

Not since the 1989-91, when they lost 15 in a row at Texas, have the Yankees lost as many road games in a row to one team. Yet all nine of the games have been decided by three runs or fewer, and the Yankees have led in six of them.

Martin made two of the Yankees' three errors, the other coming in the third when he dropped the ball while tagging Elliot Johnson at the plate.

Keppinger's two-run single came in the next at-bat.

"I felt like this is pretty much my loss," said Martin, who also went 0-for-4 and is hitting .182. "I feel like, if I make that play in the third inning, it's a different ball game."

Tuesday's mistake-plagued loss came a night after the Yankees lost 4-3 when first baseman Mark Teixeira's first error of the season allowed the winning run to score.

"You've got to remember that these are actually human beings," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "This is not a game that you play on a video game. I mean, they're going to have nights where they make some errors. Every player has done it."

Shields, who has been so-so since starting the season 5-0, settled in after the first and gave up only one more run in seven innings. Fernando Rodney pitched a quiet ninth for his 24th save.

Nova had never lost to Tampa Bay, but he was not sharp Tuesday. Nova was charged with three runs in his six innings of work, although six actually scored on his watch.

The Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning -- as they did in Monday's opening game of the series before falling 4-3.

After Derek Jeter ripped Shields' first pitch for a double to the left-center gap, Curtis Granderson, who was 5-for-52 against Shields coming in, doubled off first baseman Carlos Pena's glove to drive in the first run. Robinson Cano singled to right to score Granderson, and it was 2-0.

The Yankees might have kept the inning going had Cano not gotten doubled off at first when he ran hard on Nick Swisher's drive to center with one out.

Center fielder B.J. Upton caught the ball and threw to cut-off man Elliot Johnson, who threw to Pena for the third out.

New York pulled out to a 3-0 lead in the third on Dewayne Wise's solo home run off the stadium's "C-ring" catwalk over right field.

But the Rays rallied with three unearned runs in the bottom of the frame to tie it 3-3. With two out and runners at first and second, Upton singled to left, and Johnson scored from second when Martin dropped the throw from Wise after making the tag in time.

Keppinger came up next with runners at second and third and, after falling behind 1-2 in the count, delivered with a two-run single.

The Yankees went back ahead in the fourth on an RBI single by Eric Chavez after Raul Ibanez doubled off the top of the wall in center.

But the Rays again answered, this time with the two-run home run by Rodriguez -- the infielder's first since May 27. Rodriguez entered the night hitting .211.

NOTES: Teixeira got a scheduled day off. "We talked about maybe Sunday (at home) and then Tuesday on the turf and just decided on Tuesday," Girardi said. Teixeira had gone 93 games (807 chances) without committing an error before missing Johnson's seventh-inning chopper down the line. ... Girardi said he's becoming more optimistic Pedro Feliciano could pitch this year. The lefty reliever hasn't pitched since 2010 with the Mets and underwent rotator cuff surgery last September. He has been throwing bullpen sessions, and the frequency could soon increase to every other day, Girardi said. ... Rays right fielder Matt Joyce (left oblique), whose left-handed bat has been sorely missed in the Tampa Bay lineup the last two weeks, will play in two minor league games and could join the club this weekend in Cleveland. ... Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (partially torn left hamstring) will stay in St. Petersburg during the Cleveland series and All-Star break to work out with trainer Ron Porterfield. A three-time All-Star and the club's best hitter, Longoria has been out since May 1. He had a minor league rehab assignment scuttled by a setback last month.

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