The Tampa Bay Rays won 6-4 in the opener of a three-game series at the New York Yankees, who remained tied for first place in the American League East division when the Baltimore Orioles lost at Oakland.
The Yankees and Orioles, who fell 3-2 against the Athletics, both are 81-63 after the losses last night.
Elliot Johnson and Desmond Jennings had run-scoring singles as the Rays (78-66) 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.
Tampa Bay is three games behind New York and Baltimore in the AL East and is also three games back in the race for the second AL wild-card spot. The first wild-card position is held by the Athletics (83-61). The top two non-division winners in each league earn wild-card spots in the postseason.
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’s fifth-inning infield single for the Yankees allowed him to pass Willie Mays and move 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.
In Oakland, California, Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer as the A’s defeated Baltimore and ended the Orioles’ three-game winning streak.