NEW YORK (AP) — Yankee Stadium is already a home run haven for Wil Myers — whether he hits the ball over the fence or not.
Myers had an inside-the-park homer, his latest big blow against the New York Yankees, and drove in four runs as the Tampa Bay Rays battered an ineffective CC Sabathia in a 5-1 victory Sunday.
Erik Bedard earned his first win as a starter since last June, and Evan Longoria had an early RBI double to help the Rays finish 5-5 on a trying trip that included a doubleheader sweep Thursday in Boston and a 14-inning win Friday night in New York.
"One of the best we've ever had," manager Joe Maddon said. "We talked about the possibility of getting a little bit of a bump from the three games in Boston. Apparently, we have."
Desmond Jennings, who homered in his previous three games, had three hits and Logan Forsythe scored twice. Tampa Bay has taken consecutive series for the first time this season, and won eight of its last 10 games in the Bronx.
Myers knocked in three runs with his homer off the top of the center-field fence and then chased Sabathia with a ringing RBI double in the fourth.
Asked if he remembered the previous time he hit an inside-the-park homer, Myers said: "I don't know. Not since I was 8?"
The struggling Sabathia (3-4) gave up 10 hits and five runs in 3 2-3 innings, his shortest start since lasting 2 2-3 innings on Oct. 2, 2009, at Tampa Bay. He was late covering first on a potential double play and got booed during an outing that raised his ERA to 5.75.
"I would have booed myself today, too. I wouldn't want to come to the ballpark and watch that," Sabathia said.
Peyton Manning and his brother, Eli, showed up to watch buddy Derek Jeter play one last time during his final season. The star quarterbacks sat in Jeter's suite along the first base line but didn't see much of a show — a slumping Jeter went 0 for 4 and stranded four runners. He was 4 for 30 (.133) on New York's 3-5 homestand and is hitless in 13 at-bats.
Bedard (1-1) pitched six-plus effective innings for his first win as a starter since June 26 for Houston against St. Louis. He had been 0-9 in 15 starts since, though he did win in relief on Sept. 4 against Minnesota.
"I didn't realize how long it's been," Bedard said. "But yeah, it's nice."
Forsythe, the first batter Sabathia faced, doubled off the wall in left and scored on Longoria's ground-rule double to right.
"He was out of sync from the get-go," Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "He didn't warm up particularly well. I was kind of watching to see what we could do, but there wasn't much."