By Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

ST. PETERSBURG (CBS) James Shields and C.C. Sabathia squared off in a rubber match at Tropicana Field Thursday night as Shields edged Sabathia  in a 2-1 win over the Yankees.

With a crowd of 29, 279 0n hand, this kind of performance could be the momentum the Rays needed as they prepare for a 10-game road trip starting Friday against the Kansas City Royals.

Evan Longoria broke it open in the first inning, taking Sabathia deep for the first run of the game and Longoria’s 12th homer of the season. Sam Fuld capped the Rays scoring when he drove in Elliot Johnson in the fifth inning with an RBI triple, putting the Rays up 2-0.

This would be all the run support the Rays needed, with Shields giving up one run on five hits through 7 1/3 innings, and Kyle Farnsworth closing the door with three strikeouts in the ninth to post his 19th save of the year.

“Regardless of the night before, they came out and played really, really well again [Thursday]. I think that’s spectacular,” said coach Joe Maddon to reporters after the game.

The hard fought win ends a 10-game home stand with Boston and New York, with the Rays winning four out of the ten games.

Not a bad outcome against two of the best teams in the league.


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