New York Yankees win against Tampa Bay Rays, ending their playoff hopes
Brett Gardner delivered a tiebreaking single in the top of the fifth inning and made a game-saving catch an inning later as the New York Yankees inched closer to securing home-field advantage in the wild-card game with a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night at Tropicana Field.
The Yankees (96-60) lowered their magic number for ensuring the game will be played at Yankee Stadium. They also eliminated the Rays from playoff contention, two days after the Yankees clinched at least one spot.
New York entered the game 1 1/2 games ahead of Oakland for home field. Oakland was visiting Seattle later Monday.
He snapped a 1-1 tie with a bloop single to center field off Ryan Yarbrough (15-6) that scored Aaron Judge, who walked and reached second on a passed ball. After Gardner's hit, Giancarlo Stanton made it 3-1 with a double.
Gardner helped preserve the lead by backpedaling on Brandon Lowe's fly ball and making a leaping catch just in front of the warning track in left-center field and stranding runners at first and third for David Robertson.
Following Gardner's defensive gem, Judge made it 4-1 with a double in the seventh.