NEW YORK (CBS) The Rays had an opportunity to gain ground on Boston with a win at Yankee Stadium last night, but New York picked up the 4-2 win to take the 2011 AL East crown.
Tampa Bay dropped both games in the doubleheader yesterday, but with Boston losing 3-of-4 against the Orioles they still remain 2 1/2 games behind the Sox in the AL Wild Card race.
The Rays need to be thanking Baltimore for the help they’ve provided, because if Boston had won the series against the O’s then Tampa Bay would be in a deep hole with seven games left in the regular season.
Jeremy Hellickson threw the ball well last night, going seven strong innings with two hits and two earned runs allowed.
Tampa Bay had double the number of hits New York had last night, but the Yankees made their hits count when it mattered most.
Robinson Cano has been lighting up Rays pitching during this series, and added to his numbers with a solo homer in the second to give New York an early 1-0 advantage.
The Yankees acquired another run in the fourth from a double play ball that brought a runner home to extend their lead to two.
Kelly Shoppach and Shaun Rodriguez touched C.C Sabathia for two solo homers in the fifth and seventh to tie the game at two.
And just like game one of the doubleheader, the Rays gave up two late runs from a single by Jorge Posada to ice the game for New York.
If the Rays get swept with a loss tonight, their season could very well be done. Game four will get underway tonight at 7:10 PM ET.