ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays got greedy when they earned the opportunity to sweep the New York Yankees on Sunday. That's why they were a little disappointed by a 3-2 loss in 11 innings.
"Two victories and a chance to sweep, you want to step on their throat and finish them off," starting pitcher Alex Cobb said.
Alfonso Soriano started New York's winning rally with a one-out double off Jamey Wright (2-2) in the 11th. He stole third and scored on Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly to center.
The Rays, who had won eight of ten and began the day in a virtual tie with Boston for the top spot in the AL East, came away with some satisfaction at taking the big series, but wanted more.
"When you win the first two you really want to go all the way," manager Joe Maddon said. "But I'll always take two out of three in this game against a really good other team."
Mariano Rivera, making his last regular-season appearance at Tropicana Field, received a standing ovation before getting the final three outs for his 38th save. The closer is planning to retire after this season.
Boone Logan (4-2) got two outs for the win.
Pinch hitter Alex Rodriguez opened the 10th with a single to center off Wright and went to second on Brett Gardner's sacrifice. Rodriguez then was doubled off second after Wright grabbed a line drive by Ichiro Suzuki that appeared headed toward center field.
Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball, was booed every time he came to the plate during the series. He went 2 for 9 with two strikeouts.
Evan Longoria homered and drove in two runs for the Rays. Maddon seemed most upset with Soriano's big steal.