Yankees Defeat Rays; Phillies’ Lee Earns First Win as Mets Lose

The New York Yankees ended a run of nine losses on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays, while Cliff Lee got his first win in 10 months as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 9-2.

Robinson Cano’s two-run single in the eighth inning gave the Yankees a 4-3 win yesterday. It was New York’s first win at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, since July 20.

The Yankees, who lead the American League East, improved to 49-32 with their first win in three Major League Baseball games, while Tampa Bay dropped to 43-39. New York reliever Boone Logan (3-0) got the win, while Rafael Soriano pitched his 19th save of the year. Kyle Farnsworth (0-1) gave up three runs in 1/3 of an inning to take the loss.

The Rays took the lead in the fourth inning on Sean Rodriguez’s run-scoring single. Mark Teixeira tied it with a solo home run in the seventh before a two-run homer by Carlos Pena made it 3-1 to the home team.

Eric Chavez scored when Alex Rodriguez walked in the eighth before Cano sealed the win.

At Citi Field in New York yesterday, Lee (1-5) allowed seven hits, struck out nine and retired the final nine Mets he faced for his first win since Sept. 26.

Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Ty Wigginton hit home runs as the Phillies scored three runs each in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to win for the first time in seven games. Mets starter Chris Young (2-2) allowed three runs in seven innings to take the loss.

The Mets (44-38) are second in the National League’s Eastern Division, 4 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals. Washington beat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 today behind home runs from Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse, Rick Ankiel and Jhonatan Solano.

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