ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ji-Man Choi hit a game-ending residence run in the 12th inning, giving Tampa Bay a 2-1 victory towards the Yankees on Tuesday evening. The Rays remained on monitor for an American League wild-card berth on an evening C. C. Sabathia pitched an ideal inning for the Yankees in his first profession regular-season reduction look.
Choi homered off Cory Gearrin (1-Three), the final of 11 Yankees pitchers, after Pete Fairbanks (2-Three) struck out Brett Gardner with a runner on second and two outs in the high half.
Tampa Bay remained a half-game forward of Cleveland for the second A.L. wild card.
The Yankees (102-56) slipped as they tried to overtake Houston (102-54 coming into Tuesday’s recreation at Seattle) for greatest document in the A.L. and home-field benefit all through the league playoffs.
Sabathia, a 39-year-old left-hander who’s retiring at the finish of the season, had made 560 regular-season begins however is being moved to the bullpen together with J. A. Happ forward of the postseason.
Sabathia struck out Travis d’Arnaud, induced a groundout from Choi and retired Matt Duffy on a known as third strike. Sabathia’s solely prior huge league reduction look was in Game 5 of the A.L. Division Series, when he allowed one earned run over one and a 3rd innings towards Detroit.
He acquired a standing ovation as he walked towards the dugout after the inning from a big group of Yankees followers amongst the introduced crowd of 16,699.
Cameron Maybin homered in the third off Yonny Chirinos. It was the Yankees’ 299th residence run, making them the first group in main league historical past to have 14 gamers with 10 or extra homers in the identical season.
Kevin Keiermaier tied the rating in the fifth with a house run towards Stephen Tarpley, the fourth Yankees pitcher.
Jordan Montgomery gave up three hits and struck out three over two scoreless innings for the Yankees in his second look and first begin since getting back from Tommy John surgical procedure.
Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela was hit by a Diego Castillo pitch in the sixth and left an inning later with a bruised left hand. X-rays have been adverse.
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