Rays get last laugh by beating Yankees

by Gary Shelton on September 3, 2020

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Brousseau had two homers against Yankees./CHUCK MULLER

Thursday, 4 a.m.

Oh, so that's how a team gets in the last licks.

The Tampa Bay Rays, energized by the beanballs thrown at them the night before by New York, jumped all over the Yankees Wednesday night and held on for a 5-2 victory.

It was merciless, and as knockout pitches go, it was lethal. The Rays started the game when five batters got hits -- a single, two doubles and two two-run homers, to provide the perfect answer to all of the controversy that arose the night before.

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Chief among the attackers was Mike Brousseau, the man who faced a 101-mile-an-hour fastball from Aroldis Chapman on the final at-bat of the night on Tuesday. He hit a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the fifth.

“It couldn’t have started any better for us, obviously," said bench coach Matt Quatraro, who managed in place of suspended manager Kevin Cash. "All of the emotions and all of the stuff that went on yesterday ... the guys just wanted to put it behind them and come out and play well and play hard. For a game to start like that, it couldn’t have worked out any better.  It was really cool to see those guys rally together."

Quatraro admitted there was a different energy on the bench.

"That was one of the things the guys wanted to prove. We can do this on our own. We can create our own emotions. We don’t need to do anything other than play our game and support one another."

It was the eighth win against the Yankees in 10 games.

Quatraro said he was impressed by Brosseau's performance.

“It was emotional," Quatraro said. "A lot of us had tears in our eyes. It was a special moment he’ll never forget. It just goes to show you the will power that guy has to move on from what happened and put it behind him and just play his game."

Brousseau said he didn't feel a sense of revenge after the homers, however.

"No revenge," Brousseau said, not quite convincingly. "We put everything behind us. We came today to play ball and win a series and finish on a high note against these guys. No revenge. It was good just to get off to that first inning start.”

The Rays are now 26-12 and lead the AL East by 4 1/2 games.

Charlie Morton came back to start the game. He pitched just two innings, but he allowed no hits and no runs. John Curtiss (2-0) picked up the win.

The Rays have the day off today, but play Friday night against Miami at Tropicana Field. Josh Fleming starts for the Rays against Pablo Lopez.

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