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Rays avoid sweep with victory over Yankees

Field Level Media
14 May 2021, 12:55 GMT+10

Veteran left-hander Rich Hill spun 6 1/3 masterful shutout innings, Austin Meadows homered and produced four RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays walloped the New York Yankees 9-1 Thursday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

A night after Yankees ace Gerrit Cole blew away the Rays with heat in a 12-strikeout outing, Hill (2-1) kept the visitors out of sorts by snapping off curveballs that occasionally dipped into the high 60 mph range.

Hill, 41, allowed three hits and three walks while fanning nine in his season-high 104-pitch start. He extended his scoreless innings streak to 17 2/3.

Meadows went 3-for-5 and added a double, while Randy Arozarena stroked his fourth home run - his third against New York - in a three-run sixth.

Yandy Diaz had two hits and two RBIs for the Rays, who won for the second time in six games.

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had two of his club's five hits.

With shortstop Gleyber Torres placed on the COVID-19 list, third baseman Miguel Andujar was called up and went 0-4 for New York, which lost for the first time in five games.

Jameson Taillon (1-3) was inconsistent over 4 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs and six hits but posting a season-high nine strikeouts.

The Rays bats were busy in the first inning against Taillon - making his first career start in the domed stadium only an hour away from the right-hander's hometown of Lakeland.

With two outs and none on, Tampa Bay's heart of the order produced three straight hits - a single by Manuel Margot, double for Brandon Lowe and a two-run single from Diaz - for a 2-0 lead.

In the third, the Rays added on when Meadows jumped on a down-and-in change-up from Taillon and lined his eighth homer to right to push it to 4-0.

Hill held the Bronx Bombers at bay with just one hit through five innings but ran into first-and-third, one-out trouble in the sixth.

However, Mike Ford grounded to Lowe, who took it himself and started a double-play, with Diaz gloving a short-hopped throw to nab Ford.

Arozarena added insurance with a three-run shot to left off Michael King in the sixth - the outfielder's first homer since April 23 - for a 7-0 lead.

Meadows produced a two-run single in the eight before Clint Frazier grounded into a double play in the ninth to spoil the shutout bid.

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