With their offense non-existent on most nights, the Yankees meant to play it conservative tonight. A throwing error had put their go-ahead run at second base with no outs in the ninth, and so Derek Jeter went to the plate to sacrifice. He instead won the game. The bunt was called off with two strikes, and that’s when Jeter knocked a game-winning, groundball single through the right side of the infield for a much-needed 3-2 Yankees win at Tropicana Field. The win snapped a five-game losing streak. Dellin Betances got the win, and Dave Robertson got the save, but it was Shane Greene who delivered the performance of the night with 10 strikeouts and one walk through six-plus innings. The Yankees took a lead in the second inning when Chase Headley drew a two-out walk, and Martin Prado homered on an 0-2 pitch. For a while, that seemed to be more than enough for Greene, who was at times completely dominant. He struck out 10 of the first 20 batters he faced, but when the Yankees couldn’t build on their early lead, Greene was left with very little margin for error. Three Rays singles in the sixth inning cut the lead to 2-1, and when the Yankees failed to cover second base on a slow roller in the seventh, the Rays turned that mistake into the tying run. It seemed the Yankees might be on the verge of letting another one get away before Jeter came through with his game-winner.
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