Gard­ner, Yan­kees down Rays

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - By CHARLES O'BRIEN As­so­ci­ated Press

NEWYORK — This lat­est hit by Brett Gard­ner pro­duced an­other walkoff win for the New York Yan­kees — with­out any mishaps, ei­ther.

Gard­ner hit an RBI sin­gle with the bases loaded in the ninth in­ning, send­ing the AL East lead­ers over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 for their sixth straight win.

“Makes me feel good,” Gard­ner said. “It's an ex­cit­ing win for us — a very im­por­tant game against a tough op­po­nent.”

Gard­ner won the se­ries opener against the Rays on Thurs­day night with an 11thin­ning home run. That sparked a wild cel­e­bra­tion at home plate, and Yan­kees rookie slug­ger Aaron Judge was ac­ci­den­tally hit by Gard­ner's hel­met and lost half of his front left tooth.

A day af­ter Judge went to the den­tist for a fix, he steered clear this time, in­stead pour­ing Ga­torade on Gard­ner and nim­bly avoid­ing the happy group.

Chase Headley and Gary Sanchez hit long home runs for New York. The con­tend­ing Rays lost their sixth straight game at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

“That team is on fire right now,” Tampa Bay man­ager Kevin Cash said.

With the game 4-all, Brad Boxberger (2-3) walked Headley to lead off the ninth, and pinch-run­ner Ja­coby Ells­bury promptly stole sec­ond.

Todd Fra­zier was hit by a pitch and Ron­ald Tor­reyes tried to put down a sac­ri­fice bunt, but in­stead reached first to load the bases when in­field­ers Adeiny Hechavar­ria and Tim Beck­ham mis­com­mu­ni­cated on a ground ball for the sec­ond time in the se­ries.

Cash brought in newly ac­quired left-han­der Dan Jennings to face the lefty-hit­ting Gard­ner. On an 0-1 pitch, Gard­ner grounded a ball past the Tampa Bay in­field to score the win­ning run.

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