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Yankees 6, Rays 1: New York moves just three back of AL East lead

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The Yankees aren’t dead yet.

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Yankees clinched home field advantage in the Wild Card game with their victory over the Rays tonight, but a loss by the Red Sox leaves them just three back of the division with five games left to play. It’s not over yet!

Tampa Bay struck first when they put Jordan Montgomery in trouble right from the start of the game. Wilson Ramos put the visitors on the board with a sac fly, but that was all they’d end up getting. New York charged back in the second with a four-run inning.

It all got started with a Starlin Castro home run to left field. Blake Snell proceeded to walk in two runs to make it 3-1 Yankees, and Chaz Roe let another run score on a wild pitch after Snell was pulled. It was an unconventional rally, but it worked all the same.

Neither team scored in the ensuing innings until the Yankees pushed their final two runs across in the eighth inning. Gary Sanchez singled home Ronald Torreyes and Matt Holliday squibbed a ball just past shortstop that brought in Aaron Judge.

Castro went 3-3 on the night, including his home run. Torreyes picked up two hits and worked a walk despite his limited playing time as of late. In his first game back from injury, Aaron Hicks worked three walks. Hicks’ finest contribution, however, came defensively when he robbed Ramos of what would have been a grand slam into the Yankee bullpen. Welcome back!

The Yankees have Luis Severino on the mound tomorrow night opposite Matt Andriese for the Rays. Can they pull to within two games of the Red Sox? Here’s hoping.