Rays catcher Chris Gimenez was a September call-up, but he was allowed to hit for himself with two outs and the go-ahead run at second base this afternoon, and Gimenez delivered. His eighth-inning, game-winning single past Robinson Cano gave the Rays a 4-3 win in this series opener at Tropicana Field. The Yankees have now lost nine of their past 13, and their division lead is down to one after the Orioles won today. With the game tied at 3, Gimenez stayed in the game to face Dave Robertson and singled to right field, scoring Ryan Roberts. For the Yankees, Eduardo Nunez pinch ran and stole second base in the ninth, but he was left stranded. Yankees starter CC Sabathia allowed three runs through seven innings. Three weak singles led to one run, a solo homer accounted for the second and the Rays tied the game at 3 on a walk, single and RBI groundout in the fifth. The Yankees had taken the lead an inning earlier with a three-run fourth that included a game-tying triple by Raul Ibanez and a go-ahead, hustle single from Russell Martin.
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