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Longoria Blast Two Homers, Rays Defeat Yankees 8-3

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees by a final score of 8-3 last night.  With the win the Rays maintain their 1-game lead over the Cleveland Indians who defeated the Chicago White Sox and their 2-game lead over the Texas Rangers who defeated the Houston Astros.

David_Price_TOR_July [1]David Price [2] worked the 7 innings allowing single runs in the 1st and 3rd innings before settling down. He allowed only 6 hits striking out and walking 0 to pick up the win to raise his record to 9-8 with a 3.39 ERA.

Phil Hughes [3] got the start and only lasted 2 innings allowing 3R/ER on 7 hits striking out 2 and walking 1 in dropping his record to 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA.

The game was close as it entered the top of the 6th inning but the Rays broke the game open thanks to a lackadaisical effort on a routine double play ball by Robinson Cano [4].

With 1-out and Ben Zobrist [5] at 1st Wil Myers [6] sent a groundball to shortstop Brendan Ryan [7] for the inning ending 6-4-3 but neither Ryan or Cano seemed to have any life on their relays resulting in Myers beating out Cano’s throw to keep the inning alive.

James Loney [8] followed with a single to advance Myers to second and bring Evan Longoria [9] to the plate. David Huff [10] got Longoria down in the count 1-2 but left a fastball out over the plate which Longoria drove for a 3-run homer to push the Rays lead to 6-3.

David DeJesus [11] added a punctuation mark on the inning by following Longoria’s blast with one of his own.

The Yankees mounted a rally in the bottom of the 8th by loading the bases and scoring a run on a bases loaded walk to Lyle Overbay [12] on a close 3-2 pitch by Joel Peralta [13]. The rally was short lived as Peralta retired Curtis Granderson [14] on a ground out to second.

The Rays answered the Yankees run thanks to Evan Longoria’s second home run of the evening off Preston Claiborne [15] to lead off the top of the ninth.

The Rays and Yankees finish their series this evening at 7:05 as Alex Cobb [16] (10-3, 2.90 ERA) takes on Ivan Nova [17] (9-5, 3.13 ERA).