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The Tampa Bay Rays took a 2-1 lead over the New York Yankees in their best-of-five American League Division Series with a 8-4 win in Game 3 on Wednesday at San Diego’s Petco Park.
Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier and Michael Perez each hit home runs for the Rays, who smacked 13 hits and never trailed.
Kiermaier’s fourth-inning homer put the Rays up 4-1. Arozarena’s fifth-inning solo shot and Perez’s two-run blast in the sixth gave Tampa Bay a 7-2 edge one inning later.
The Yanks only had two extra-base hits, but they made them count off an Aaron Hicks fifth-inning RBI double and a Giancarlo Stanton two-run homer in the eighth. It wasn’t enough, however, as Tampa held on for the win.
The Rays fell to the Yanks 9-3 in Game 1 but took Game 2 by a 7-5 score. The Game 3 victory puts the Rays one win away from an American League Championship Series berth.
Rays SP Charlie Morton (Win): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Rays OF Randy Arozarena: 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, HR
Rays OF Kevin Kiermaier: 2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR
Rays 3B Joey Wendle: 3-for-5, 2 R
Rays C Michael Perez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, HR
Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (Loss): 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 4 K
Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, HR
Yankees OF Aaron Hicks: 1-for-3, RBI, BB, 2B
Game 4 is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday. If the Yankees win, then a series-deciding Game 5 will take place on Friday at 7:10 p.m.
The series winner will play the victor of the Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics ALDS matchup. Houston leads that series two games to one.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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October 7, 2020 at 10:12PM