Rays wrap roadtrip with 5-1 win over Yankees
The Rays capped an eventful road trip with a 5-1 win over the Yankees Sunday marked by two rare events — Wil Myers hitting the 11th inside-the-park homer in franchise history and Erik Bedard getting his first win as a starter since June.
The bigger picture news was that a road trip that started with the Rays not able to do much right — remember the walk off grand slam and the four-error inning in Chicago — didn't turn out half bad as they finished 5-5, and head home to face the Orioles on Tuesday at 15-17.
The Rays already had a 1-0 lead on CC Sabathia when Desmond Jennings doubled and Evan Longoria was intentionally walked in the third. Myers crushed a ball to the right of center that hit the top of the wall and then bounced off Yankees centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury's chest and rolled away. Myers, who was jogging to first, turned on the speed and raced around the bases, waved in by third base coach Tom Foley, and scored easily as the Yankees also botched the relay.
It was the Rays first inside-the-park homer since Ben Zobrist had one in September 2011, and the first of their 11 with two runners on.
Bedard turned in the best of his four starts as a Ray, working into the seventh inning, allowing just one run and six hits. He was rewarded with his first win in 15 starts, a streak dating back to June 26, when he was with Houston. (He did have a win in relief in the interim.)
After Myers gave the Rays a 4-1 lead, they pretty much cruised from there, beating Sabathia for the 13th time in his 24 starts against them as a Yankee.
By taking two of three from the Yankees after sweeping a doubleheader in Boston, the Rays won consecutive series for the first time this season.
Monday's day off will be welcomed as the Rays played five games in a span of about 75 hours.