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Rays defeated Yankees 2-0 in 10 innings; LHS alum gets first MLB save | News, sports, jobs


Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Garrett Cleavinger (60) pitches against the New York Yankees during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in New York. The Rays won 2-1 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK (AP) — José Caballero hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-0 on Saturday.

Caballero led off the 10th by lining an 0-2 fastball from Caleb Ferguson (0-3) over center fielder Alex Verdugo to easily score auto runner Richie Palacios. Caballero stole third base and scored on a single by former Yankee Ben Rortvedt.

“I was just trying to go the other way. I wanted to bring him in,” said Caballero, who got his first career go-ahead in overtime and got the green light to steal third place. “If I miss, I wanted to at least move the guy.”

Jason Adam (1-0) retired Juan Soto, Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo in the ninth. He got Soto to fly out to the warning track in left field, prompting some boos from Judge, who struck out for the fourth time.

“They’re good hitters,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “That’s who we want in front of them. I think he enjoys Jason and he embraces those big moments and you could say the three he’s had are as good as any in baseball.

Garrett Cleavinger pitched a 1-2-3 10th for his first Major League save, completing a four-hitter and the Rays’ first shutout this season. Cleavinger earned the save because Cash said struggling closer Pete Fairbanks was unavailable due to a dead arm after experiencing some stomach problems Friday.

“It’s great, our hitters showed up when it mattered most,” Adam said. “A very well played game from top to bottom.”

New York was declared blank for the third time.

“We just didn’t step up enough,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

After a pregame ceremony honoring retired broadcaster John Sterling, the Yankees lost for the fourth time in six games, while Judge struck out four for the 10th time in his big league career.

“I’ve heard worse, and in their situation I’d probably do the same thing,” Judge said.

New York starter Nestor Cortes avoided trouble during parts of his outing, allowing six hits in seven innings. The left-hander struck out a season-high nine and walked none in his second-longest outing of the season.

Tampa Bay’s Zach Eflin matched Cortes, allowing three hits in six innings. Eflin gave up two hits to Soto, who is batting .354.

“Just a lot of strikes, a lot of late moves,” Cash said of Eflin.

Tampa Bay started a great batting order against Cortes, which was helped by a strong throw from center fielder Trent Grisham to third base, which René Pinto caught trying to advance on Yandy Díaz’s single in the third inning.

WRESTLING

New York 2B Gleyber Torres did not start for the first time this season and grounded out as a pinch hitter for the second of the 10th. Torres is hitting .195 with no home runs and two RBIs and has one hit in his last 29 at-bats.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: OF Josh Lowe (right oblique strain) felt no soreness after his first rehab game with Triple-A Durham on Friday and was expected to play in the outfield again before taking at-bats as a designated hitter on Sunday. … INF Taylor Walls (right hip surgery) was transferred to the 60-day IL. … RHP Erasmo Ramírez’s contract was selected from Durham and LHP Jacob Lopez was optioned to the Bulls.

Yankees: INF Kevin Smith was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

NEXT ONE

Rays RHP Aaron Civale (2-1 2.74 ERA) will face New York RHP Luis Gil (0-1, 3.86) in Sunday afternoon’s series finale.