Brian McCann’s walk-off homer in the 12th inning to the bleachers in right field gave the Yankees a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the first walk-off hit of the season for the Yankees and McCann’s homer drove in Gregorio Petit and Mark Teixeira.
“It’s one of the best feelings that you could possibly have,” McCann said. “A big spot like that against a team in our division, it’s a great feeling.”
Earlier in the bottom of the 12th, to make the score 5-4, Teixeira singled to right to score Gardner and advance Petit to second. Petit pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez, who had singled for his second hit of the game.
The Yankees were forced to come from behind in the 12th because Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera both hit RBI singles in the top of the 12th. The first run was charged to Adam Warren, who allowed a walk and a sacrifice to begin the inning, and the second was charged to Chasen Shreve, who allowed both RBI singles and got Joey Butler to hit into a inning ending double play.
Shreve, whose 15-game (16 innings) scoreless streak ended, picked up his sixth win of the season, which only trails Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi on the team.
The Yankees came from behind for the first time in the eighth inning when they scored three runs to tie the score at three. Mark Teixeira blasted a 3-run homer to right for his 20th homer of the season.
Dellin Betances threw a 99 mph high fastball to strike out Brandon Guyer for the second out of the ninth. Brett Gardner then made a great throw to nail Asdrubal Cabrera at second for the third out of the inning. The challenge that Rays manager Kevin Cash made was unsuccessful.
Didi Gregorius was on base in all four plate appearances as he had two singles and had his second walk of the game in the ninth. He was sacrificed to second with Jose Pirela’s bunt in the ninth. He reached base safely four teimes for the fhird time in his career.
Chase Headley grounded into a double play to third to prevent the Yankees from getting the win in the bottom of the ninth.
Justin Wilson had two strikeouts in the 10th inning and then Adam Warren came into the game and struck out Steven Souza Jr., who now doesn’t have a hit in his last 25 at-bats, to end the inning. With the win, the Yankees are now one game ahead of of the Orioles and two ahead of the Rays and Blue Jays for first place in he AL East.