by Steve Carney
Desmond Jennings doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs, and Jeremy Hellickson threw seven frames, but the New York Yankees got a pair of two-run blasts from Kevin Youkilis and a walkoff solo shot from Ronnier Mustelier to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 in ten innings Sunday in Tampa.
Tampa Bay got off to an early lead, as Jennings led off the game with a first-pitch double, moved to third on a groundout by Kelly Johnson, and scored on a single by Matt Joyce.
New York took the lead in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two-out two-run homer by Youkilis off Hellickson, and extended the lead to 3-1 two innings later on an RBI triple by Eduardo Nunez, scoring Brett Gardner.
The Rays stormed back with four runs of their own in the fourth. Shelley Duncan and Yunel Escobar started the inning with back-to-back singles. Escobar was caught steaking as part of a double steal, and Ryan Roberts flew out for the second out of the frame, but an error by Youkilis on a Jose Molina grounder allowed Duncan to score and make the deficit 3-2.
Sean Rodriguez worked a walk, and Jennings doubled both runners in to give Tampa Bay the lead again, an infield single by Zobrist then scored Jennings to make it 5-3.
Travis Hafner hit a solo homer off Hellickson in the seventh, and Youkilis' second two-run blast, this time off Jamey Wright in the eighth, gave the Yankees a 6-5 lead.
Jake Hager's RBI double in the top of the ninth brought the Rays back even, but Mustelier deposited a Josh Lueke pitch over the wall in left to lead off the bottom of the tenth to end the game.
The Rays will hold their final night game at Charlotte Sports Park Monday night, when the Pittsburgh Pirates make the trip down from Bradenton. Matt Moore will get the start, with Brandon Gomes, Jamey Wright, and Joel Peralta also scheduled to throw, against Kyle McPherson. First pitch is at 7:05, with coverage on 620 WDAE starting at 7:00.