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Rays take series opener, beat Yanks 4-3



The Rays took the first game of their key series with the Yankees Monday, rallying in the eighth for a 4-3 win.

Ryan Roberts singled with two outs, then stole second, and catcher Chris Gimenez, called up Saturday, singled to score him.

James Shields went eight innings for his 13th win and Fernando Rodney finished for his 41st save.

A Labor Day crowd of 28,585 watched.

The Rays took an early 2-0 lead, including B.J. Upton's team-high tying 17th homer. The Yankees then scored three in a messy fourth inning off Rays starter James Shield. And the Rays came back to tie it in the fifth, when Upton walked and came around on a Ben Zobrist single, a steal of third and an Evan Longoria ground out.

The Rays started the 8th with a single by Jeff Keppinger, but pinch-runner Rich Thompson was called out trying to steal second. Ben Francisco flied out, then Roberts reached.

Two notes of interest during the game:

Longoria came out after seven innings, though the team said he left for precautionary reasons and was fine.

Maddon was ejected in the 8th after a prolonged argument with second-base ump Bob Davidson, who called out pinch-runner Rich Thompson on an attempted steal of second.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:40am]


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