Yankees win road game in Queens over Rays

Ross Houston
September 13, 2017

Abreu, who hit for the cycle Saturday and had two home runs Sunday, drove in two and scored once while raising his average to.306.

Tickets for the Yankees-Rays series at Citi Field, which begins Monday night, are available via Mets.com/Irma, as well as the Citi Field box office and at 718-507-8499.

The Yankees come in at 78-65 and 38-38 on the road, while the Rays are 71-74 and 36-35 at home. Sonny Gray hopes to continue his strong pitching when he takes the mound for NY, which is five games clear atop the AL wild card race, while Tampa Bay counters with left-hander Blake Snell. The Rays earned a 2-1 win Tuesday when Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tiebreaking homer in the bottom of the eighth.

The Tampa Bay Rays hope to return home to Tropicana Field for a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox that starts Friday.

On the mound for NY will be Jaime Garcia (5-9, 4.43 ERA), while Tampa Bay turns to Chris Archer (9-9, 4.00). The start was the second shortest of the year for Archer, who exited with a tight right forearm in his previous outing September 2 after giving up two homers without recording an out.

Today is a huge start for RHP Chris Archer, for himself and the team. "But I have to execute better". Archer has a 1.24 WHIP with 230 strikeouts in 182 1/3 innings.

With the loss, the Yankees' lead on the first wild-card spot over the Twins dropped to three games Tuesday as Minnesota blew out San Diego 16-0 behind seven home runs including one in each of the first seven innings, a new Major League Baseball record. "I'm healthy, I'm strong, I'm always staying positive, I'm always coming in every day to do my work and be ready for whatever they need me to do".

CC Sabathia (12-5) only lasted 4.1 innings in his 24th start of the season, but the big lefty surrendered just one run on six hits, although he had to tangle with another dreaded successful bunt, this one by Peter Bourjos in the third.

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