4:10 PM ET, August 16, 2014
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Yankees end 5-game losing streak behind Derek Jeter's single in 9th
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Derek Jeter almost felt as if he were playing in the Bronx after getting a key late hit.
The announced crowd at Tropicana Field was 31,042, the Rays' second home sellout this season. Tampa Bay entered with the major league's lowest average home attendance of 17,848.
"There are a lot of Yankees' fans down here because spring training is here," Jeter said. "Seemed like quite a few were in the stands, so it's almost like a home game."
Jeter is retiring after this season and playing in his final weekend games at Tampa Bay. The Yankees do return for three weekday games in September.
"I'm not so sure I've heard his name chanted that loud in an opposing stadium this year," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Brett Gardner opened the ninth with an infield single off Jake McGee (3-1) and advanced on a throwing error by second baseman Logan Forsythe. After failing to lay down a sacrifice bunt, Jeter put New York ahead with a single to right-center on a 2-2 pitch.
"This game is funny, you know," Girardi said. "It changes on a drop of a hat."
Rookie Shane Greene allowed two runs, seven hits and struck out a career-high 10 in six-plus innings.
The Yankees took a lead in the second when Chase Headley drew a two-out walk on a full-count pitch and Martin Prado homered on an 0-2 offering from Drew Smyly, making his first home start since being acquired in a trade that sent ace David Price to Detroit on July 31.
Smyly gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings.
"They've got a really good lineup," Smyly said. "They have good strike zone awareness. You just have to keep going right at them and making them swing."
Price is scheduled to pitch against Tampa Bay for the first time Thursday in the finale of a three-game series in Florida.
The Rays extended their club-record streak of allowing three runs or fewer to 12 consecutive games, but have gone just 7-5 over the stretch.
Tampa Bay had become the fourth team ever in the majors to get back to .500 after being at least 18 games under the break-even point with a 5-0 victory Friday night over the Yankees that gave them a 61-61 record.
Rays: OF David DeJesus (left hand) went 0 for 1 with a walk in his first Gulf Coast League game.
The Yankees captain has 20 career game-winning RBI hits against the Rays, which is second most against Tampa Bay. Boston's David Ortiz tops the list with 26.
Yankees RF Carlos Beltran played defense for the first time since mid-May. After a DL stint that went into early June due to a right elbow bone spur, he had been limited to DH. Beltran said he will have surgery on the elbow after the season.
ON THE MOVE
ST PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 16: Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees throws long ball before throwing in...(Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Tampa Bay leads 11-8 (as of Sat 8/16)|
|Thu 4/17||NYY 10, @TB 2||Recap|
|Fri 4/18||@TB 11, NYY 5||Recap|
|Sat 4/19||@TB 16, NYY 1||Recap|
|Sun 4/20||NYY 5, @TB 1||Recap|
|Fri 5/2||TB 10, @NYY 5||Recap|
|Sat 5/3||@NYY 9, TB 3||Recap|
|Sun 5/4||TB 5, @NYY 1||Recap|
|Mon 6/30||TB 4, @NYY 3||Recap|
|Tue 7/1||TB 2, @NYY 1||Recap|
|Wed 7/2||TB 6, @NYY 3||Recap|
|Fri 8/15||@TB 5, NYY 0||Recap|
|» Sat 8/16||NYY 3, @TB 2||Box Score|
|Sun 8/17||NYY 4, @TB 2||Recap|
|Tue 9/9||TB 4, @NYY 3||Recap|
|Wed 9/10||@NYY 8, TB 5||Recap|
|Thu 9/11||@NYY 5, TB 4||Recap|
|Mon 9/15||@TB 1, NYY 0||Recap|
|Tue 9/16||@TB 6, NYY 1||Recap|
|Wed 9/17||NYY 3, @TB 2||Recap|
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|2nd||M Prado homered to left (380 feet), C Headley scored.||2||0|
|6th||Y Escobar singled to left, M Joyce scored, E Longoria to second.||2||1|
|7th||B Zobrist grounded out to first, L Forsythe scored, K Kiermaier to third.||2||2|
|9th||D Jeter singled to right center, B Gardner scored.||3||2|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||31,042 (91.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|
Shane Greene had a career-high 10 strikeouts in just his 8th career game (and 7th career start). The only other Yankees in the past 20 seasons with a 10-K game that early in their career are Masahiro Tanaka and Mariano Rivera.[+]
Derek Jeter's go-ahead single in the 9th inning Saturday was his first go-ahead hit in the 9th inning or later since April 15, 2009, when his hit gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead in the 9th inning against the Rays.
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