Yankees Regain First Place By Edging The Rays

Posada's pinch-hit homer lifts Yankees over Rays

By FRED GOODALL

AP Baseball Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Jorge Posada led off the 10th inning

with a pinch-hit homer, lifting the New York Yankees over the Tampa

Bay Rays 8-7 and back into first place in the AL East on Tuesday

night.

Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez also homered for the Yankees,

who squandered a six-run lead before tying it at 7 in the sixth on

Cano's RBI double. Posada drove a 2-0 pitch from Dan Wheeler (2-3)

over the center field wall.

The Rays erased the 6-0 deficit with a seven-run fifth inning

that Willy Aybar finished with a three-run, pinch-hit homer off

Boone Logan. Slumping slugger Carlos Pena began the rally with his

first homer since Aug. 30.

David Robertson (4-4) pitched the ninth and Mariano Rivera

finished up for his 30th save in 33 opportunities.

 

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