Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 9/16/12
NEW YORK (AP) -- Russell Martin's three-run homer highlighted an eventful early burst and the New York Yankees kept their AL East lead, holding off Tampa Bay 6-4 Sunday and ending a most disappointing road trip for the Rays. The Yankees won the last two in the three-game series. They began the day with a one-game division lead over Baltimore, which later played at Oakland. Minus ejected manager Joe Maddon, the Rays fell five games behind the Yankees and trail the Orioles and Los Angeles Angels in the wild-card scramble. Cleanup man Matt Joyce also was tossed as Tampa Bay finished 1-5 on its visit to Yankee Stadium and Camden Yards. Ben Zobrist homered and doubled for Tampa Bay. Down 6-1 in the sixth inning, the Rays later brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate but couldn't break through against the back end of the Yankees' bullpen. Hiroki Kuroda (14-10) struck out 10 in six innings and beat Tampa Bay for the second time this month. Rafael Soriano, the Yankees' fifth pit...
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