Anna, Beltran key Yankees' 5-1, 12-inning win

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 20, 2014 at 6:31 pm •  Published: April 20, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dean Anna wasn't nervous during a key at-bat in extra innings. He was enjoying it.

Anna drew a bases-loaded walk on a full-count pitch with two outs in the 12th inning and Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run single as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Sunday.

"I was having fun," Anna said. "Baseball is all about moments, and that was a moment right there."

Yangervis Solarte was walked by Heath Bell (0-1) to open the 12th. After failing twice to bunt against C.J. Riefenhauser, Brett Gardner reached on a fielder's choice and went to third on Brian McCann's two-out single. Jacoby Ellsbury was intentionally walked before Anna checked his swing to complete an eight-pitch at-bat and drive in the go-ahead run.

"Just a tremendous at-bat," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Tough situation."

Beltran had his hit off Josh Leuke before Alfonso Soriano added an RBI single that made it 5-1.

Preston Claiborne (1-0) went two scoreless innings for the Yankees.

The teams split a wild four-game series. After the Yankees beat David Price and the Rays 10-2 in Thursday's opener, Tampa Bay rebounded for 11-5 and 16-1 victories Friday and Saturday.

Derek Jeter opened the 11th with a single off Bell. Ichiro Suzuki pinch-ran for Jeter and stole second with one out, but Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon challenged the call and after a 2 minute, 4 second delay the umpires changed the close call to out.

"I'm taking a chance to get a run there," Girardi said. "Ich probably had a better chance of stealing a base. It's a hard decision, but some of the inexperience I have in my bullpen, I went for it that inning."

New York took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Gardner was given an RBI double after a challenge by Girardi. The umpires first ruled that Rays right fielder Wil Myers had caught Gardner's drive at the wall for the third out. The call was overturned following a 2:17 delay after replays clearly showed Myers caught the ball after it hit off the top of the wall.

Gardner thought an inside-the-park homer might have been in order, but still was happy that replay was used.

"If we don't have it, it would be a flyball," Gardner said.

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