Todd Frazier's three-run home run capped the Yankees' five-run fourth inning as New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Monday in a game played at Citi Field due to Hurricane Irma. >> Box score
After Matt Holliday reached on Trevor Plouffe's error that allowed Gary Sanchez to score and Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher's interference, Frazier hit Jake Odorizzi's 3-2 offering over the left-field fence to give the Yankees a four-run lead.
CC Sabathia didn't make it past the fifth inning, but David Robertson struck out four batters in 2 2/3 scoreless innings as the Yankees won for the seventh time in their last nine games.
Sabathia gave up six hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. He left after 88 pitches when he allowed two of the first three batters to reach base in the bottom of the fifth inning. Robertson (8-2) came in and struck out Evan Longoria and Lucas Duda to escape the jam.
Odorizzi (8-8) allowed five runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.
After Adeiny Hechavarria hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the second inning, Didi Gregorius tied it in the top of the fourth with a sac fly.
The attendance for the game was 15,327.
The Yankees' offense generated one solid inning and the bullpen led by Robertson held the Rays in check for their eighth win in their last 11 games. The win moved the Yankees to within three games of division-leading Boston with 19 games left on the schedule.
The offense worked Odorizzi for 51 pitches in the five-run fourth inning with the big blast coming off Frazier's bat. The home run was Frazier's eighth in 181 plate appearances since coming to New York to go along with 23 RBIs. Frazier's batting average (.210) leaves something to be desired, but his power is undeniable and he's played very solid defense at third base.
Tonight, Robertson recorded the most outs in any appearance in his 577-game career. Typically used in high-leverage situations later in the game, Robertson came in to stifle a Rays rally in the fifth inning with two men on and one out. Robertson worked his magic and then tossed the next two innings without allowing a run. The effort was fantastic, but it's almost a certainty he's not going to be available until Thursday, leaving one to wonder if there's a better way.
Sonny Gray (9-9, 3.22 ERA) and the Yankees face Blake Snell (3-6, 4.36 ERA) and the Rays in the second game of a three-game set on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field due to Hurricane Irene.