Tampa Bay 7, NY Yankees 4

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West,
Attendance - 26453

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
NY Yankees 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 3
Tampa Bay 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 0 7 10 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
NY Yankees 48-32 25-16 23-16 L2
Tampa Bay 43-38 24-18 19-20 W2


Rays 7, Yankees 4: Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer and Jeff Keppinger drove in a pair as host Tampa Bay continued its Tropicana Field dominance of New York.

B.J. Upton recorded two hits and scored a pair of runs and Desmond Jennings scored twice for the Rays, who have taken nine straight from the Yankees at home.

James Shields (8-5) struggled through seven innings but fought hard enough to earn the win, surrendering four runs and 10 hits while striking out five and not walking a batter. The right-hander got some help from his defense with a double play and a pair of outfield assists.

New York starter Ivan Nova (9-3) had a string of 12 straight winning decisions on the road come to an end. The 25-year old was reached for six runs - three earned - and seven hits in six innings.

Nova got little help from his defense as the Yankees squandered a 3-0 lead. Tampa Bay drew even in the third, scoring three straight runs with two outs.

It looked as though Nova would escape the inning unscathed but catcher Russell Martin dropped a ball at the plate with two outs, allowing Elliot Johnson to score.

Keppinger followed with a two-run single.

Eric Chavez gave New York a 4-3 edge with an RBI single in the fourth but the Rays came right back in the bottom of the frame as Rodriguez belted his sixth homer for a 5-4 lead.

Upton and Jennings completed a double steal in the seventh, with Jennings taking home as Martin’s throw to second sailed into center field.

Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his 24th save.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Yankees LH CC Sabathia (groin) threw on flat ground on Tuesday and is scheduled for a bullpen session on Tuesday. … Rays OF Matt Joyce (oblique) is set to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. … Nova had allowed two earned runs or less in each of his previous five starts.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
NY Yankees   Tampa Bay
Ivan Nova Player James Shields
Loss W/L Win
6.0 IP 7.0
5 Strikeouts 5
7 Hits 10
4.50 ERA 5.14
NY Yankees   Tampa Bay
Dewayne Wise Player Sean Rodriguez
2 Hits 3
1 RBI 2
1 HR 1
5 TB 7
.667 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
NY Yankees 10 1 17 .294 8 7 4 0 0 3
Tampa Bay 10 1 15 .294 15 6 5 2 5 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against NY Yankees. The Rays have a W/L % of .581 after a win and .474 after a loss.
  • NY Yankees will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Yankees have a W/L % of .633 after a win and .548 after a loss.
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