James Loney's Base Hit Gives Rays Win Against Yankees In Extra Innings

Masahiro Tanka was projected to be the starter for today's game for the New York Yankees. Prior to today's start Tanka was replaced by Michael Pineda as he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an arm issue. Drew Smyly was making his second start of the season looking to get the Tampa Bay Rays their first win against the Yankees of the season. The Rays would be successful in 13 innings as a base hit by James Loney scored the winning run Steven Souza Jr. from second base. Had Tanaka been the pitcher the results may have been quite different.

Brandon Gomes (1-1) would get the win for Tampa Bay, Chasen Shreve (1-1) the loss for New York and Ernesto Frieri picks up the save (2). 

Kevin Kiermaier opened the scoring for both teams. His triple with two outs in the fourth drove home two runs and gave the Rays a 2-0 lead. The Rays were in an 0-for-11 drought in that situation up until Kiermaier's hit. 

That would also cut Michael Pineda's afternoon short as he would go 5 1/3 innings giving up two earned runs on six hits, while striking out five Rays batters. Drew Smyly would give up two solo homeruns to Chase Headley and Chris Young in back-to-back innings. That tied the game at two apiece entering the seventh inning. 

This game would remain 2-2 until the 13th inning. The Yankees had men on the bases, but good pitching by Brandon Gomes and missed opportunitites by the Yankees made the game continue on. The first two outs in the 13th inning appeared as if it would continue into another inning. They were two quick outs by the Rays. Steven Souza Jr. and Evan Longoria would both get on. James Loney would hit an infield single that would score Souza Jr. One run would be all the Rays needed as they would win 3-2 in 13 innings. Alex Rodriguez was 0-for-5 this afternoon with a couple of strikeouts. 

The New York Yankees head to Boston to face the Red Sox on Thursday. The Tampa Bay Rays head to Tropicana Field to play the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays will actually be the road team due to the turmoil in Baltimore. 

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