Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/7/12

NEW YORK -- David Price outpitched fellow ace CC Sabathia and the Tampa Bay Rays' shuffled lineup produced enough offense to top the New York Yankees, 7-3, Thursday night.

The victory helped the Rays avoid a sweep and move back into a first-place tie with the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East, a half-game ahead of the Yankees.

The loss snapped the Yankees' three-game winning streak as they prepared to host the Mets in the first round of the annual Subway Series battle.

Price allowed just one run on three hits in five innings, but threw 109 pitches, including 38 in the fifth, when he wiggled out of trouble with the bases loaded and one out. He struck out eight, three times getting Curtis Granderson, who struck out four times on the night.

Jose Lobaton and B.J. Upton each had two hits with a run scored and an RBI, while Drew Sutton had a pair of doubles, including a key two-run hit in the fourth. Ben Zobrist responded to a lineup switch with an RBI single and a walk.

Wade Davis pitched two hitless innings in relief and struck out four for the Rays, who used four other relievers to close it out. Russell Martin homered in the ninth and Raul Ibanez drove in a run in the eighth with a pinch-hit single for New York.

Sabathia (7-3) had the distinction of striking out a season-high 12 while tying a season-high by allowing five runs in seven innings. But two of those runs were unearned.

Trailing 5-1, the Yankees loaded the bases against Price (8-3) in the fifth, on a single and a pair of walks. But Price battled through a tense at-bat with Alex Rodriguez before striking him out on a full count. He then retired Robinson Cano on a grounder to end the inning.

Rays manager Joe Maddon shuffled his lineup to help his struggling offense, which scored just one run in the series' first two games. He moved Desmond Jennings from leadoff to third, Zobrist up to second from fourth, Upton from second to cleanup and put shortstop Elliot Johnson in the top spot. With the lefty Sabathia on the mound, Maddon said he wanted to stack the lineup with right-handed hitters up top. Maddon added that it could be helpful to get the slumping Zobrist some better pitches to hit, between a speedy leadoff hitter and the No. 3 hitter.

The Rays' revamped batting order got to work quickly, pushing across a run in the second on a RBI single by Lobaton to score Upton, who led off the inning with a double.

The Yankees tied it, 1-1, in the bottom of the inning, but Tampa Bay took a 3-1 lead in the third.

After an error by Rodriguez allowed Johnson to reach, Zobrist followed with a single and Jennings doubled home Johnson to make it 2-1. The Rays added another run on Upton's sacrifice fly to center.

Tampa Bay opened a 5-1 lead in the fourth, tagging Sabathia for three consecutive hits, including a two-run double by No. 9 hitter Sutton.

NOTES: Yankees right-hander Freddy Garcia was placed on the bereavement list following the death of his grandfather in Venezuela, the Yankees announced. Right-hander Ryota Igarashi was called up to take Garcia's spot. ... The cough that has plagued New York first baseman Mark Teixeira most of the season was caused by nerve damage to his vocal chords, Teixeira said he was told by a specialist. Teixeira said the doctor recommended two weeks off, but Teixeira refused and will use medication to deal with the issue, which could last a year. ... Right-hander David Robertson (strained left oblique) threw batting practice at Yankee Stadium on Thursday and now will throw in a rehab game or throw one more batting practice session, manager Joe Girardi said. ... Outfielder Brett Gardner (strained right elbow) took batting practice in Tampa on Thursday and will next join Class A Charleston for a rehab game, Girardi said. ... Tampa Bay right-hander Kyle Farnsworth, sidelined all season due to a right elbow strain, threw to hitters for the first time Wednesday, Maddon said, and experienced no setbacks.


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