James Loney hit a home run and drove in four runs last night at Yankee Stadium as the Rays (61-42) built a 10-1 lead over the Yankees by the end of the seventh inning.
The Rays, who were six games behind the Red Sox in fourth place a month ago, hold a half-game lead over Boston and are 3 ½ games ahead of third-place Baltimore. The Yankees are in fourth place, seven games behind the Rays in the Major League Baseball division.
Jeremy Hellickson (10-3) allowed one run on four hits and struck out three in six innings for the Rays.
The Yankees (54-49) scored five times in the final two innings, including two run-scoring singles by David Adams.
CC Sabathia (9-9) gave up seven runs on nine hits while striking out six in five innings.
At Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Adam Jones hit two home runs, driving in three for Baltimore as Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy each added solo homers.
Chris Tillman (13-3) gave up two hits and struck out eight in seven innings for the Orioles (58-46).
John Lackey (7-8), who gave up three of the Orioles’ four home runs, surrendered five runs on nine hits and struck out two for the Red Sox (61-43).
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