Bullpen does in Rays after dramatic slam by Myers
Rookie Wil Myers provided the dramatic moment, hitting a grand slam - after Evan Longoria was intentionally walked - for his first major-league home run and put the Rays ahead in the sixth inning Saturday.
But the Rays bullpen ruined the day, allowing the Yankees to rally for a 7-5 win.
Joel Peralta was the leading man in the seventh inning collapse, loading the bases on two walks - the Rays had nine for the day - and a double. And then Jake McGee took center stage, walking David Adams to force in one run and then allowing a bases-clearing double to slumping Vernon wells.
It was the Rays second straight loss and dropped them to 38-37, and a virtual tie with the surging Blue Jays for fourth - and thus last - place in the AL East.
But Myers still made the day memorable.
Leading 3-1, the Yanks walked Longoria to load the bases with two outs so C.C. Sabathia could face Myers, the rookie who was 4-for-21 in his first five games, and 1-for-2 thus far Saturday as the DH.
With the count 1-and-2, Myers laced a ball to right-center, and Yankees CF Brett Gardner leaped at the wall, the ball appearing to hit the top of the fence, then his glove and then go over.
A fan threw the ball back onto the field and then the Yankees tossed it to the Tampa Bay dugout, and Myers, who made his debut Tuesday in Boston and his first hit that night, got his second souvenir of the road trip.
Myers gave the Rays brief hope again in the ninth when he hustled down the line to beat Mariano Rivera to the base to beat out an infield hit, then went hard into second to prolong the game when Yunel Escobar hit a grounder, Escobar moving to second on the ensuing errant throw, but James Loney grounded out to end it.