Rocco Baldelli bounced back from a rough day Saturday to lead the Rays to victory over the Yankees, 5-4.
Baldelli gunned down the potential go-ahead run at the plate with a strong throw from medium centerfield. Dionner Navarro received the throw as he blocked the plate from Yankee baserunner Melky Cabrera. In the bottom of the same inning, Baldelli led off with a double and scored the go-ahead run on Jorge Cantu's single.
In the 9th inning, Baldelli dove to catch a ball that Derek Jeter drove to the warning track in center, recording the second out of the inning. After Jason Giambi flied out, Brian Meadows had earned his fifth save.
Evidently this was the first time that the Rays won the final game headed into the All-Star break. So far, the pitching of Corcoran and Shields has been good enough for the Rays to compete, maybe dropping Baltimore into last place this year in the AL East.
It's a good batting lineup, though the Yankees held TB to one run in the first two games of the series (both losses). Still, it adds up to a 4-3 homestand against the top two teams in the division.