Yanks in First After Beating Tampa Bay
NEW YORK (AP) — Brian McCann hit a tiebreaking home run and Adam Warren pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the New York Yankees ended the Tampa Bay Rays' five-game winning streak, 4-1 on Monday night.
Alex Rodriguez went hitless in three at-bats, failing to tie Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list at 660. A modest crowd on another chilly night in New York cheered each of A-Rod's at-bats.
Playing third base for the second time this season, Rodriguez popped up to first, grounded to third twice, once with the bases loaded, and was walked intentionally — eliciting boos from Yankees fans — when the count went to 3-0 in the seventh.
The Yankees won their fourth straight over Tampa Bay, moving atop the AL East alone for the first time this year. New York swept a three-game series at Tropicana Field from April 17-19.