NY scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and moved into first place in the AL East. Austin Meadows homered off Luis Cessa in the 11th for the game victor.
Tampa Bay had been alone in first place for 47 straight days, the third-longest streak in team history, before NY scored three times in the ninth against Alvarado for a 4-3 win in the series opener and a half-game AL East lead. Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka got the win in that game, throwing seven innings of one-run ball while appearing to rediscover his go-to split-finger fastball. He also tried it in spring training.
"At first I thought I might have broken my wrist", he admitted.
The Yankees' offense helped make sure of that, but on a day when they were short in the bullpen, an unlikely lineup of Green, Nestor Cortes Jr., Adam Ottavino and Chance Adams teamed up to throw nine innings and come out on top Sunday in a 13-5 win over the Rays.
It was Hicks' first homer of the year, in his fourth game off the injured list (strained lower back).
Green almost made it through two innings without harm before giving up back-to-back home runs to Kevin Kiermaier and Willy Adames with two outs in the second.
"It's just the same thing, you hit a home run and then they throw up and in", Sabathia said just after his start last weekend.
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After Lowe homered in the third, it was all Yankees on the mound and at the plate.
Ottavino struck out Austin Meadows, stranding the bases loaded in the Rays' sixth inning. He was sent back to Triple-A after the game. Kendrys Morales clubbed an early solo shot for his first home run since joining the Yankees on Wednesday following a trade from Oakland. Gleyber Torres leads the Yankees with 47 hits and 20 RBI while DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit have combined for 87 hits and 54 RBI. Those pitches came minutes later, and just seconds after Sabathia turned to his teammates and effectively told them to prepare to go home.
Asked whether he thought Sabathia had more of an edge than normal in Friday's six-inning, six-hit, one-run, four-strikeout outing, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said no.
His current streak is the second-longest active streak in the majors behind Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who is 9-0 in his past 18 starts. He threw six scoreless innings, allowing three hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a 4-0 Rays victory. "It was bad", Morton said.
In the fifth, Sanchez led off with his first career triple in 1,249 big-league plate appearances, but was stranded at third base. It came in the 1,104th career at-bat for the slow-footed Sanchez.
Two quick balls from Alvarado, and Urshela was in the driver's seat.
Rays: INF Matt Duffy (left hamstring tightness) got three hits as the DH in a rehab game for Class A Charlotte. The red-headed slugger was pulled from a 6-0 win over Cincinnati and will likely get at least a day to recover, though X-rays were negative and LA doesn't seem concerned about his long-term well-being. He then hit Daniel Robertson in the helmet, ending the pitcher's day.