Brett Gardner hit a walkff single in the ninth inning as the Yankees beat the Rays, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium >> Box score
Peter Bourjos hit a leadoff homer off Caleb Smith as the Rays took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Didi Gregorius' sacrifice fly in the second inning tied things, 1-1, before Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly in the third inning put the Rays up, 2-1.
Gary Sanchez hit a solo homer in the fourth inning to tie things, 2-2, but Steven Souza, Jr';s solo homer in the fifth put the Rays back in front, 3-2.
Chase Headley's two-run homer in the sixth inning gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead, and Lucas Duda's solo shot off David Robertson in the eighth tied things, 4-4.
Headley might not be the prototypical corner infielder because he doesn't display raw power, but he's been plenty good for the Yankees over the last several weeks.
Headley has taken his switch from third base to first in stride after the trade which brought Todd Frazier to New York. The transition in the field has been seamless and his bat keeps on providing more than the club received from any first basemen this season. Today, he put the icing on the cake by delivering a pinch-hit home run to give the Yankees the lead. They had to come back to win later, but they don't get to that point without Headley's.
The way I see things, Headley should be able to provide enough offense and steady defense at first base the rest of the season to quell any perceived notion that the club needs to upgrade at the position.
The Yankees wrap up their series against the Rays on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Jordan Montgomery gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Jacob Saria for Tampa Bay.