Rays vs. Yankees – Game Recap – August 17, 2022

NEW YORK — — Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning when the clock struck midnight, and the struggling New York Yankees managed to take an 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Gleyber Torres singled on the 10th off Jalen Beeks (2-2) and Anthony Rizzo walked before Donaldson lifted a fast ball with one strike from 97 mph to the short porch in right field. He turned his bat and raised his arms immediately after connecting.

Aroldis Chapman (2-3) gave up three runs in the top of the tenth for New York, which came in with three consecutive losses and 12 of 15.

But the Yankees finally got some help from their offense, scoring more than three runs in a game for the first time since August 8. New York had scored a total of one run in the past three games.

The Rays led 4-2 when the game was interrupted by rain with one out in the top of the seventh. The ensuing 1-hour and 3-minute delay was worth it for the Yankees, who ended Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak.

Although the Yankees are 9-16 since the All-Star break, their lead over AL East has been reduced to 10 games over Tampa Bay and Toronto. New York has led the division in double digits since June 13, except for two days.

Rizzo led off the eighth with a homer off Brooks Raley to make it 4-4. The game went into extra innings when Ryan Thompson eliminated Major League home run leader Aaron Judge on a flyball on a cautionary track.

Chapman relieved Scott Effross with one out in the 10th and walked two to load the bases. With two outs, Francisco Mejía cut a 101 mph, 0-2 fastball down the right field line for a bases-clearing double.

Yandy Díaz tied for a season high with three RBI’s, hitting an RBI double in the third and a two-run double in the fifth off Yankees-starter Domingo Germán.

Tampa Bay’s Harold Ramírez added a solo home run in the sixth in his second game back from a broken right thumb.

Torres started New York’s comeback with a two-run homerun in the sixth off Corey Kluber. Judge’s basesloaded walk in the seventh put the Yankees in a 4-3 lead, but Pete Fairbanks drove Torres into an inning-ending double play.

Kluber gave up two runs and four hits in six innings.

German gave up three runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay jumped ahead with one out in the first when Díaz doubled over leftfielder Andrew Benintendi and Jose Siri scored from the first moment when the Yankees missed the cutoff-man.

The Rays had three consecutive one-out hits in the fifth and took a 3-0 lead when Díaz doubled down the leftfield-line. Ramírez led off the sixth by reaching the left field pitches for his fifth homer.

A FIRST NEGINITY

For the first time in franchise history, the Yankees began in the 1990s with three players wearing jersey numbers.

In addition to Judge’s No. 99, Callup Oswaldo Cabrera was awarded No. 95 and Estevan Florial wore No. 90.

New York has four players with jersey numbers over 90, while reliever Ron Marinaccio wears number 97.

TRAINERS ROOM

Blasting: SS Wander Franco (right hamate bone) was held out of Triple-A Durham’s lineup with hand pain. He is expected to resume his drug addiction assignment on Thursday.

Yankees: INF DJ LeMahieu (right big toe) didn’t start for the fourth game in a row and singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. LeMahieu said to start Thursday. … OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles tendon) could start this weekend with a rehabilitation assignment and could return next week. … RHP Clay Holmes (back), who last threw on Friday, was placed on the injured list.

NEXT ONE

Rays: Open a four-game series against a visiting Kansas City on Thursday. The Rays did not announce a starter.

Yankees: RHP Frankie Montas (4-9, 3.59 ERA) makes his home debut on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series against Toronto RHP José Berríos (8-5, 5.61).

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