Originally posted on Bronx Pinstripes  |  Last updated 9/6/12

New York Yankees 6 — Tampa Bay Rays 4

 

After losing sole possession of 1st in the AL East, the Yankees take it back with tonight’s 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

Like many starters recently, Hiroki Kuroda struggled to hold onto leads in tonight’s start. In 6 innings, Kuroda gave up 2 leads that he received. After having a 3-1 lead in the 4th inning, a 2-run triple by Ben Zobrist tied the game. They would reclaim the lead in the 6th inning and Kuroda would lose the lead again. The lead would finally hold and the bullpen gets the assist. Boone Logan and David Robertson combined for 2 innings of relief behind Kuroda. Rafael Soriano put a solid 9th inning together for a much-needed win after so many struggles.

 

The Yankees offense kept the foot on the gas pedal and put together a nearly complete offensive showing in tonight’s game. The second hit of Derek Jeter’s 3-hit night started a big 4th inning. With 2 on, Alex Rodriguez and Russell Martin came through with back-to-back doubles to put up 3 runs. After losing the lead,  Russell Martin broke the 3-3 tie with a solo home run as a part of his 2-hit, 3 RBI night. Despite losing the lead one more time, the Yankees offense was not discouraged as they manufactured runs to guide themselves to victory in the 7th inning. After a pair of singles, the Yankees did something they have not done recently, had a productive out. Jayson Nix put down an excellent sacrifice bunt and moved the runners over. With Derek Jeter batting and the infield in, an errant throw by second baseman Elliot Johnson to home would bring in the 2 runs needed for the Yankees to win. Many of the key parts to a successful offense were seen tonight and it proved to be crucial to victory.

 

With the Yankees win and the Baltimore Orioles loss tonight, the Yankees have reclaimed a 1 game lead in the American League East.

 

Win – Hiroki Kuroda (13-10)

Loss – Matt Moore (10-9)

Save – Rafael Soriano (36)

 

Notables

Yankees

*Russell Martin – 2 for 4, R, 2B, Solo Home Run (15) in the 6th, 3 RBI (40)

*Derek Jeter – 3 for 5, R, 2B

Rays

*Ben Zobrist – 1 for 4, 3B, 2 RBI (58)

*Evan Longoria – 2 for 4, RBI (39)

 

Current Yankees Record: 77-59

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Russell Westbrook posterizes DeMarcus Cousins to seal win

Tampa Bay Lightning trade star goaltender Ben Bishop to the LA Kings in surprise deal

Divac makes bold promise after trading DeMarcus Cousins

Popovich praises Magic, wishes him well with Lakers

Report: Andrew Bogut likely to join Cavs after buyout

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Broncos expected to 'at least discuss' Romo

Report: Raiders don't expect to keep Latavius Murray

Report: Josh Hamilton needs another knee operation

Ball's father says comment about Lakers was misquoted

Revis hints he is open to taking significant pay cut

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker