Evan Longoria shot four hits, including the single that broke the eighth-inning tie that led the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees on Friday.
Longoria began the day immersed in a pot of 12-0. His decisive hit was two outs, after Tyler Clippard (0-2) awarded two tickets and struck out two.
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Danny Farquhar (2-1) closed the eighth thanks to a double play shot by Aaron Judge. Alex Colomé pulled the last three outs for his 11th save.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi missed the game to be present at his daughter’s high school graduation in South Florida. He will rejoin the team on Saturday.
Banking coach Rob Thomson covered Girardi’s duties for the fourth time.
The Yankees got a scare in the eighth when second baseman Starlin Castro and Judge collided while following Daniel Robertson’s foul in the right field. Both were able to continue in the game.
By the Yankees, the Dominican Starlin Castro of 4-2, one impelled. The Venezuelan Ronald Torreyes 3-0.