Rays overpower Yankees in easy victory

by Gary Shelton on May 29, 2016 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Conger equaled his season RBI total with a three-run homer./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Conger equaled his season RBI total with a three-run homer./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

5:45 a.m. Sunday

Which one of these teams are the Bronx Bombers?

Which one is the home of Murderer's Row?

If you said the New York Yankees, shame on you. The Tampa Bay Rays clobbered the Yankees Sunday, winning 9-5 after taking a 9-1 lead. They had nine extra base hits, and six of the players got at least two hits.

For a team that has struggled lately, losing five of the previous six, it was a rare night of grinning through the game. The Rays were ahead 9-1 after five innings.

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Motter came off the bench to fill in at third base./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Motter came off the bench to fill in at third base./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

How about with catcher Hank Conger, who had three extra-base hits? Coming into the game, he had three RBI all season. He equaled that with a three-run homer. Conger entered the game hitting only .153.

How about Evan Longoria, who had a home run and drove in four runs?

Morrisoin catches a fly ball for the Rays./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Morrison catches a fly ball for the Rays./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

How about Brad Miller, who had a single and triple?

How about Steve Pearce, Logan Morrison and Corey Dickerson, who had two hits each?

How about Matt Moore, who won his second game of the year by going 6 2/3 innings? He gave up eight hits and three earned runs.

The Rays closed to within 22-25 with the victory.

For the Rays, the game was the most recent example of a team trying to find its attack. Morrison, Miller, Dickerson and Conger all struggled as the season began. Now that they are showing life, you can say the same thing about the offense.

They try to win the series with the Yankees today when Jake Odorizzi pitches for the Rays at 1:10 p.m.

Longoria singles. For the night, he had two hits and four RBI./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Longoria singles. For the night, he had two hits and four RBI./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

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