Courtesy of a Brett Gardner home run, the Yankees walked off with a 3-2 win over the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the full recap here
- Gardner tied the game with an infield single in the seventh inning, and with two outs in the ninth, Gardner hit a home run into the right field stands.
- Masahiro Tanaka struck out seven in seven innings of work, allowing two earned runs.
- Making his first major league start, Blake Snell pitched five innings, allowing one run on two hits. He also struck out six.
- Carlos Beltran put the Yankees up early in the first inning, scoring from third base on a wild pitch with two outs.
- The Rays answered back with two runs, one on Corey Dickerson's RBI double in the fourth and Kevin Kiermaier's solo home run in the fifth.
- Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller each pitched a shutout inning of relief.
Tanaka didn't have his best stuff, but it was another effective outing, and his effort allowed the Yankees to remain within striking distance. The offense was quiet again except for Gardner, who drove in the last two runs of the game, including the walk-off homer. Betances struck out two more batters and Andrew Miller set down the order on nine pitches to grab the win.
The Yankees hadn't received a big hit when they needed it in what seemed to be an eternity, especially in a well-pitched game. Gardner's homer provided a great finish, flipping the script on what recently had been quiet finishes to tight ballgames.
The Yankees and Rays will conclude their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Michael Pineda (1-1, 5.29 ERA) will start for the Yankees and oppose LHP Drew Smyly (0-2, 2.91 ERA).