The Tampa Bay Rays (35-20) defeated the New York Yankees (29-25) 3-1 on Monday afternoon in the Bronx. The Rays are now 16-1 in their final seventeen games to wrap up the month of May, and their 35-20 record is the best in baseball.
Manuel Margot got the scoring started for the Rays with an RBI double in the third to drive in Kevin Kiermaier. Then in the fourth inning Austin Meadows hit a solo home run to make it 2-0. In the fifth inning it would be Randy Arozerena coming through with an RBI single to make it 3-0. Though the Yankees got one back when Miguel Andujar homered in the seventh, that would be as close as the Yankees would get and Tampa Bay would take the first game of the four game series in the Bronx.
Rich Hill (4-2, 3.32) picked up the win after pitching five shutout innings. He allowed only three hits while striking out two and walking two. J.P. Feyereisen picked up his third save with the Rays by shutting the door in the ninth.
The Rays now will look to take the second game of the series on Tuesday night. First pitch Tuesday is scheduled for 7:05 PM - pregame coverage begins with Jay Recher and the Inside Pitch at 6 PM on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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