Triples for everyone: Yankees 10, Tampa Bay 2

The New York Yankees might have expected a tough pitching duel on Thursday night. One person held up that end of the deal, surprisingly CC Sabathia.

Tampa Bay’s David Price was batted around by the Yankees and was chased after five innings after giving up six runs on 10 hits. Yankees beat up the Rays 10-2.

New York gave Sabathia a 4-0 lead by the second inning, thankfully, because Sabathia has struggled in his previous three outings. It may have seemed Sabathia about to hit those bumps again as he allowed a double to Evan Longoria and a walk to Wil Myers in the second inning.

Yet, Sabathia was bailed out when Sean Rodriguez hit a ground ball to third baseman Yangervis Solarte.

Solarte fielded the ball, touched third, threw to second and the ball went around the horn to complete a triple play. The play marked the second straight year Sabathia has been the beneficiary of a triple play.

Sabathia finished with seven hits, two runs (one unearned) in seven innings. A Rodriguez home run in the seventh ended a streak of 27 straight innings without the Yankees allowing an earned run.

While the defense added a fun component, the night was really about the Yankees bats.
New York had nine extra-base hits, including triples by Brian Roberts and Jacoby Ellsbury in the second inning and back-to-back home runs from Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann in the fifth. Solarte also hit his first home run in the ninth. The Yankees took advantage of many of their opportunities, getting six hits with runners in scoring position.

New York faces Tampa Bay for the second game of the four-game series on Friday with Hiroki Kuroda facing Erik Bedard at 7:10 p.m.

Susan Lulgjuraj has been a sports reporter for more than 10 years, covering the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Phillies, Little league and everything in between. Susan also grew up a New York Yankees fan and sat with the Bleacher Creatures for many years.