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Suzuki delivers late as Yanks clip Rays

11:59 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Ichiro Suzuki delivered a tie-breaking two-run single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to lift the New York Yankees to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Suzuki finished 2-for-4 while also scoring the game-tying run in the eighth inning, with his efforts enabling the Yankees to record only their third victory in their last 15 visits to St. Petersburg. Robinson Cano and Jayson Nix also collected a pair of hits for New York.

David Robertson (1-0) picked up the win after striking out two during a perfect bottom of the eighth in relief of Phil Hughes, with Mariano Rivera notching his sixth save of the year despite allowing a solo homer to Evan Longoria in the ninth.

Hughes worked the first seven innings, permitting just two runs on six hits while striking out six.

Suzuki's go-ahead hit off Fernando Rodney also kept 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price (0-2) winless on the season. The Tampa ace came through with eight-plus strong innings, but gave up a single to Cano to start the ninth and was ultimately charged with New York's third run.

James Loney went 2-for-4 and Jose Molina had an RBI single for the Rays, who came in having won a season-high four in a row to begin their current six-game homestand.

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