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Yankees Lose to Tampa Bay, Fall Out of First Place in AL East

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Yankees 6-4 in the opener of a three-game series, knocking New York temporarily into second place in the American League East division.

The Yankees (81-63) fell a half-game behind the Baltimore Orioles, who are playing a late game at the Oakland Athletics -- who lead the AL wild-card standings.

Elliot Johnson and Desmond Jennings had run-scoring singles as the Rays scored three runs in the fifth inning. Ben Zobrist added an RBI single in the seventh and B.J. Upton had a solo homer in the eighth.

Steve Pearce had an RBI single in the second inning for New York. Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer in the fifth, his 38th of the season, and Alex Rodriguez had a two-run homer in the eighth inning.

Derek Jeter had a fifth-inning infield single for the Yankees, passing Willie Mays and moving into sole possession on the Major League Baseball career list with his 3,284th hit.

David Price (18-5) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings for Tampa Bay and Fernando Rodney got the final five outs for his 43rd save of the season. CC Sabathia (13-6) allowed four runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings for the Yankees.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rob Gloster at rgloster@bloomberg.net

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