The Yankees got Alfonso Soriano for his power. Today he won a game with his speed (and a little bit of that power). To avoid a three-game series sweep, Soriano doubled in the 11th inning, stunned the Rays by stealing third base, then scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead at Tropicana Field. Soriano’s gutsy dash for third base gave the Yankees a win on a day when they used five relievers for key outs, including Dave Robertson for two innings. Each team leaned on its No. 3 hitter for early offense. Both Robinson Cano and Evan Longoria had one homer and two RBI through the first six innings. Cano went deep in the fourth and doubled in a run in the sixth. Longoria singled in a run in the first and homered in the sixth. Yankees starter Ivan Nova had trouble throwing strikes and allowed 12 base runners, but he limited the damage thanks to three double plays and two runners caught stealing. The Yankees best chance to regain a late lead came in the 10th when Alex Rodriguez led off with a pinch hit single but was ultimately doubled off on a sharp line out by Ichiro Suzuki.
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