NEW YORK >> Displaced but not daunted, the Tampa Bay Rays hung tough in their temporary home.
Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tiebreaking homer off Sonny Gray in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Rays, hosting a series relocated to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma, beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night.
The Yankees fell 4 games behind Boston, which defeated Oakland, 11-1. New York has a 3 game lead in the race for a wildcard playoff spot.
Tampa Bay has split the first two games of the set played at the New York Mets’ park.
“We’re the home team. It didn’t feel like we’re the home team,” Rays reliever Steve Cishek said.
The Rays will fly back to Florida immediately after Wednesday afternoon’s game for firsthand looks at the storm damage. No word yet from Major League Baseball if Boston and Tampa Bay will play at Tropicana Field on Friday night as scheduled — the Rays expect to hold the three-game set, but it could be reconfigured to give them an extra day off to handle personal matters.
Tommy Hunter (3-5) pitched one inning to give Tampa Bay, on the fringe of the AL wild-card race, its second win in six games. Alex Colome closed for his 44th save in 49 chances.
“We feel like we have the talent here to get hot. I don’t know if we’re going to win 20 in a row, or 19 in a row,” manager Kevin Cash said. “But we’ve been talking about it for six weeks now, trying to find a way to win five, six, seven games in a row. And maybe tonight’s a start.”
Gray (9-10) again pitched well but wound up with a loss. The Yankees,…
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