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Major League Baseball: Yanks win in 12th, 5-1

Monday, April 21, 2014
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— Dean Anna wasn’t nervous during a key at-bat in extra innings. He was enjoying it.

Anna drew a bases-loaded walk on a full-count pitch with two outs in the 12th inning, and Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run single as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-1, on Sunday.

“I was having fun,” Anna said. “Baseball is all about moments, and that was a moment, right there.”

Yangervis Solarte was walked by Heath Bell (0-1) to open the 12th. After failing twice to bunt against C.J. Riefenhauser, Brett Gardner reached on a fielder’s choice and went to third on Brian McCann’s two-out single. Jacoby Ellsbury was intentionally walked before Anna checked his swing to complete an eight-pitch at-bat and drive in the go-ahead run.

“Just a tremendous at-bat,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Tough situation.”

Beltran had his hit off Josh Leuke before Alfonso Soriano added an RBI single that made it 5-1.

Preston Claiborne (1-0) went two scoreless innings for the Yankees.

The teams split a wild four-game series. After the Yankees beat David Price and the Rays, 10-2, in Thursday’s opener, Tampa Bay rebounded for

11-5 and 16-1 victories Friday and Saturday.

Derek Jeter opened the 11th with a single off Bell. Ichiro Suzuki pinch-ran for Jeter and stole second with one out, but Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon challenged the call and after a 2:04 delay, the umpires changed the close call to out.

“I’m taking a chance to get a run there,” Girardi said. “Ich probably had a better chance of stealing a base. It’s a hard decision, but some of the inexperience I have in my bullpen, I went for it that inning.”

New York took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Gardner was given an RBI double after a challenge by Girardi. The umpires first ruled that Rays right fielder Wil Myers had caught Gardner’s drive at the wall for the third out. The call was overturned following a 2:17 delay after replays clearly showed Myers caught the ball after it hit off the top of the wall.

Gardner thought an inside-the-park homer might have been in order, but still was happy that replay was used.

“If we don’t have it, it would be a fly ball,” Gardner said.

Soriano, who opened the fourth with a double, was on third and was awarded home on the overturned decision.

Tampa Bay tied it at 1-1 on pinch-hitter Matt Joyce’s two-out sacrifice fly in the seventh. The Rays capitalized after second baseman Brian Roberts dropped a throw on a force play earlier in the inning.

NEW YORK TAMPA BAY

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Ellsury cf 5 1 0 0 SRdrgz lf 3 0 0 0

Jeter ss 4 0 1 0 DeJess ph 1 0 0 0

ISuzuki pr 0 0 0 0 JMolin c 1 0 0 0

Anna ss 0 1 0 1 Zobrist dh 5 0 1 0

Beltran rf 6 0 2 2 Forsyth 2b 6 0 1 0

ASorin dh 5 1 2 1 Longori 3b 5 0 0 0

Teixeir 1b 6 0 2 0 Myers rf 5 0 0 0

Solarte 3b 4 0 0 0 Loney 1b 4 1 2 0

Gardnr lf 5 1 2 1 Guyer cf 3 0 0 0

BRorts 2b 5 0 0 0 YEscor ss 5 0 2 0

JMrphy c 3 0 0 0 Hanign c 2 0 0 0

McCnn ph-c 2 1 1 0 Joyce ph-lf 1 0 0 1

Totals 45 5 10 5 Totals 41 1 6 1

New York 000 100 000 004—5

Tampa Bay 000 000 100 000—1

E—B.Roberts (2), Teixeira (3), Anna (1). DP—New York 1. LOB—New York 9, Tampa Bay 11. 2B—A.Soriano (3), Gardner (3), Forsythe (3), Y.Escobar (4). CS—I.Suzuki (1), Myers (1). S—Guyer. SF—Joyce.

IP H R ER BB SO

New York

Nuno 5 3 0 0 2 6

Phelps H,5 1 1-3 0 0 0 0 1

Thornton 0 1 1 0 0 0

Warren BS,2-3 1 2-3 1 0 0 0 1

Kelley 2 0 0 0 2 4

Claibrn W,1-0 2 1 0 0 1 2

Tampa Bay

C.Ramos 5 4 1 1 1 3

B.Gomes 1-3 2 0 0 0 0

McGee 1 1-3 0 0 0 0 3

Jo.Peralta 1 1-3 0 0 0 0 1

Balfour 2 0 0 0 0 1

H.Bell L,0-1 1 1 1 1 2 2

Riefenhauser 2-3 1 3 3 2 0

Lueke 1-3 2 0 0 0 0

H.Bell pitched to 1 batter in the 12th.

Thornton pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

Umpires—Home, Clint Fagan; First, Rob Drake; Second, Joe West; Third, Marty Foster.

T—4:23. A—26,462 (31,042).

 
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