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Rays Use Long Ball To Take Second Straight

 
Rays Use Long Ball To Take Second Straight

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- The Rays' bats got hot Friday night and stayed blazing Saturday.

Tampa Bay blasted five home runs, including a pair each from Wil Myers and Ryan Hanigan, while Chris Archer tossed 7 stellar frames to give the Rays their second straight blowout victory over the New York Yankees with a 16-1 decision Saturday.

The Rays scored in every inning from the second until the sixth, starting with Myers first home run, a solo shot off Yankees starter Ivan Nova.

Tampa Bay added three runs in the third on a solo home run by Hanigan and Longoria's two-run blast, and made it 6-0 in the fourth when Hanigan went deep again, this time a two-run blast off Nova.

The Yankees got their only run off Archer in the top of the fifth thanks to an RBI double by former Ray Kelly Johnson.

Nova allowed a single to Ben Zobrist and a double by Joyce in the fifth before leaving with right elbow soreness.  His replacement, Matt Daley, gave up a sacrifice fly to Longoria, then intentionally walked James Loney to face Myers, and the right-hander made him pay, blasting his second home run of the night, a three-run blast to make it 10-1.

Daley allowed two more runs to score in the sixth thanks to an RBI single by Longoria and run-scoring double by Longoria before being replaced by Dellin Betances, who allowed both inherited runners to score on a throwing error by Yangervis Solarte, then walking in a run on back-to-back free passes to Yunel Escobar and Hanigan.

The Rays added two more runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Hanigan off Dean Anna, who played shortstop for the first seven innings.

Tampa Bay can make it three wins out of four games with a victory in Sunday's finale, as Cesar Ramos (0-1, 7.50 ERA) takes on Vidal Nuno (0-0, 8.84 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:40, with coverage on WDAE starting at 11:30 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

NOTES: The five home runs hit in the game by Tampa Bay matches a franchise-best, last set September 8, 2008 vs Minnesota, and equaled twice previously.  LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, called up from Triple-A Durham today, made his Major League debut in the seventh and threw 1 1/3 perfect innings of relief.  OF David DeJesus went 0-for-6 tonight, and is now hitless in his last 23 at-bats.

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