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Longoria lifts Rays past Yankees
Friday, May 19, 2017
Final Score: NY YANKEES 4, TAMPA BAY 5
 
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria went 4-for-5 with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-4 win against the New York Yankees on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Longoria's single off Yankees reliever Tyler Clippard (0-2) sent Derek Norris to the plate and gave the Rays a 5-4 lead.

New York (24-15) tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the eighth when Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer off Rays reliever Ryne Stanek.

Tampa Bay (22-22) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 4-2 lead.

Corey Dickerson, Kevin Kiermaier and Longoria all reached base with no outs against Yankees reliever Adam Warren. Logan Morrison hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Dickerson, and Rickie Weeks Jr. hit a two-run double down the left-field line with two outs to send Kiermaier and Longoria home.

Neither Yankees starter Luis Severino nor Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez factored into the decision. Severino gave up one run and struck out seven in five innings while Ramirez gave up two runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Danny Farquhar (2-1) pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win while Alex Colome pitched a perfect ninth inning and picked up his 11th save.

New York jumped on Ramirez in the first inning when Holliday doubled to put runners on second and third. Starlin Castro gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead when he grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Jacoby Ellsbury.

Tampa Bay battled back against Severino in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1 on an RBI double from Morrison.

Ellsbury gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth when he doubled down the left-field line and Brett Gardner scored on the hit.

GAME NOTES: Yankees manager Joe Girardi did not attend the game Friday so he could watch his eldest daughter, Selena, graduate from high school. Bench coach Rob Thomson served as acting manager. ... The Rays placed 2B Brad Miller on the 10-day disabled list with a left abdominal strain. ... The Rays acquired utility infielder Michael Martinez from the Indians on Thursday for a player to be named later.

 
 
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