After the Yankees clinched the home series vs the Mets (not always with the best baseball), they hosted the Tampa Bay Rays for game one of a three game series.
Adam Warren started the game and lasted 5.2 innings. He allowed one run on five hit and struck out six. Warren cruised through the first five innings but got into trouble in the sixth as he gave up a lead off single to David de Jesus followed by a wild pitch. A sac fly towards Jacoby Ellsbury by Steven Souza Jr. allowed De Jesus to advance to third base. Asdrubal Carrera then hit the ball towards Stephen drew and got on base on a fielder’s choice by Stephen Drew, who threw the ball towards catcher Brian McCann in an attempt to throw out De Jesus but the latter beat the throw for the game tying run. Another wild pitch signalled the end of his outing. After he retired Even Longoria, he was replaced by Justin Wilson, who retired James Loney for the final out of the inning.
A solo homerun by Brian McCann and doubles by Carlos Beltran (!) and Stephen Drew drove in two runs in the bottom of the sixth to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Another run in the eigtht inning put the final score (4-1) on the board.
In the fifth inning, a single by Didi Gregorius led to the opening run in the fifth, indirectly though. With Stephen Drew on first, Didi hit towards third base. Walks by Ellsbury and Gardner allowed Drew to score. Gregorius was responsible for all outs in the seventh: 6-3 (twice) and 6-4. Didi also drew a walk in the eighth to load the bases before Jacoby Ellsbury was hit by a pitch.
Didi went 1 for 3. He struck out once and left a runner on base.
Xander Bogaerts hit his only single in the ninth inning. It turned out to be a very important one as he was driven in on an RBI single by Mookie Betts for the walk off win vs Toronto. Bogaerts went 1 for 4 with a strkeout. Xander also made an inning ending play in the seventh that prevented Toronto to take a 6-4 lead.
Andrelton Simmons went 1 for 4 in Atlanta’s 8-4 win over Washington. In the fifth inning he hit a grounder that was deflected by Yunel Escobar. When Doug Fister made a throwing error while attempting to pick off Simmons from first base, so Simmons advanced to third on the play.
The Cubs beat the Pirates 4-0. In a no save situation, Pedro Strop managed to keep his ERA at 0.00 once again by pitching a perfect ninth in which he struck out Starling Marte.