Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - David Price went seven innings, B.J. Upton
hit a solo homer, and the Tampa Bay Rays edged the New York Yankees, 6-4, on
Friday in the opener of a three-game series.
Price (18-5) allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts
in his first start since Sept. 2, while Fernando Rodney recorded the final
five outs to notch his 43rd save of the season.
Desmond Jennings, Ben Zobrist and Elliot Johnson had an RBI apiece for the
Rays, who managed just six total runs in their previous series -- a three-game
sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles.
With Friday's win, Tampa Bay pulled within three games of New York for the
final AL Wild Card spot.
CC Sabathia (13-6) gave up four runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings and
dropped his third straight decision. His last win came on Aug. 24 at
Alex Rodriguez belted a two-run, eighth-inning homer for the Yankees and
Curtis Granderson had a leadoff shot in the fifth. Derek Jeter went 2-for-5
and passed Willie Mays for sole possession of 10th place on the all-time hits
New York sits a half-game behind the AL East-leading Orioles, who play the
Oakland Athletics later Friday.
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