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MLB Roundup: Rays Edge Yankees, 2-1

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Lucas Duda hits a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • New York Yankees' Sonny Gray delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Baltimore Orioles shortstop Tim Beckham (1) and left fielder Trey Mancini can't make a play on a foul ball hit by Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New York — Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning off Sonny Gray and the Tampa Bay Rays, playing as the home team in a series relocated to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma, beat the New York Yankees, 2-1, on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay has split the first two games of the set held at the home of the New York Mets.

The Rays will fly back to Florida immediately after Wednesday afternoon’s game for firsthand looks at the storm damage. No word yet from MLB if Boston and Tampa Bay will play at Tropicana Field on Friday night as scheduled — the Rays expect to host the three-game set, but it could be reconfigured to give them an extra day off to handle personal matters.

Tommy Hunter (3-5) pitched one inning to give Tampa Bay, on the fringe of the AL wild-card race, its second win in six games. Alex Colome closed for his 44th save in 49 chances.

Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2

Toronto — Richard Urena singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and Toronto rallied to beat Baltimore, handing the slumping Orioles their sixth straight loss.

Facing Orioles closer Zach Britton (2-1), who had recorded the final out of the eighth Kevin Pillar drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and went to third on Teoscar Hernandez's single. One out later, Pillar scored when Luke Maile singled off the glove of third baseman Manny Machado.

Urena followed with a single to center. Darwin Barney raced around from second and slid home safely ahead of the throw from Adam Jones.

Blue Jays left-hander Tim Mayza (1-0) got one out for his first career win.

Braves 8, Nationals 0

Washington— Freddie Freeman hit a three-run home run off Gio Gonzalez and Julio Teheran threw seven shutout innings as Atlanta cruised over the Nationals, who were fresh off clinching the NL East.

Gonzalez (14-7) allowed five earned runs on seven hits in five innings and struck out eight. The left-hander did guarantee his $12 million option for next season with his first out of the game as he reached 180 innings this season.

The Nationals, who clinched the division Sunday when the Braves came back to beat the Miami Marlins in extra innings, lost for just the second time in eight games.

Royals 4, White Sox 3

Kansas City, Mo. — Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in the first inning for his third consecutive game with a homer, powering Kansas City over Chicago.

Scott Alexander worked out of a ninth-inning jam for his fourth save in six chances. He yielded a double to Adam Engel and a single to Yolmer Sanchez to lead off the ninth. He struck out Yoan Moncada, retired Jose Abreu on a pop to Whit Merrifield and got pinch hitter Matt Davidson on a grounder to end the game.

Brewers 5, Pirates 2

Milwaukee — Eric Thames hit his 29th home run, Domingo Santana went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh.

Gerrit Cole (11-10) took his first loss in 10 road starts since the Atlanta Braves beat him 5-2 on May 22.

Twins 16, Padres 0

Minneapolis — Jason Castro homered twice, Brian Dozier was a double from the cycle and Minnesota pounded San Diego.

Minnesota hit a season-high seven home runs, setting a Target Field record for most homers in a game, to back another strong start from Kyle Gibson.

Mariners 10, Rangers 3

Arlington, Texas — Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager both hit three-run homers and Seattle beat Texas in a matchup of wild card hopefuls.

Texas (72-72) and Seattle (72-73) have split the first two games of their four-game series. The Rangers dropped three games behind Minnesota for the American League's second wild card, while the Mariners remained 3½ back after the Twins also won.