An accomplished closer with 132 saves, Robertson relieved in the fifth and pitched a career-long 2 2/3 innings that helped the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Monday night in the start of a series moved from Florida to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma.
This is hardly the first time the Yankees have played at a ballpark the Mets called home. "They want to get back and see their homes and check on whatever they left behind".
"Stay safe, that's the first and most important thing", Rays owner Stuart Sternberg told Fox Sports during the game.
At 5:03 p.m. on a warm September night in Queens, the gates behind home plate at Citi Field swung open, and eight minutes later, the first fans began to file through the turnstiles, none of them wearing Mets caps or jerseys.
"I think that's pretty odd, because the atmosphere is usually electric when we're here, " Girardi said before the game, talking about the Subway Series excitement when the Mets and Yankees battle before capacity crowds. The club reported the stadium's roof was intact and there was no major damage or flooding.
In stepped the Mets, who made Citi Field available in their absence, just as the Rays did with Tropicana Field when Hurricane Harvey displaced the Astros in Houston.
Sabathia escaped with a no-decision last time out at Baltimore after surrendering five runs and eight hits - three homers - over 5 1/3 innings in a 7-6 setback. It was the 14th homer allowed in 24 starts this season by Gray. "We're just praying for them and hopefully everybody comes out safe and sound". Clint Frazier started in left field.
However, on that first pitch, a 94-mph fastball, Kiermaier tied it, driving it to right-center for his 12th homer.
Opening a stretch that has 17 of their final 20 games in NY, the Yankees closed within three games of Boston in the AL East and opened a four-game lead over Minnesota for the top AL wild card. The Rays have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. "It was kind of what we expected, to be quite honest", said Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who took the loss Monday.
Coupled with the AL East-leading Red Sox clobbering the A's, the Yankees' deficit swelled to four lengths with 18 games remaining on the schedule.
Rays: RHP Nathan Eovaldi, coming back from Tommy John surgery in August 2016, struck out two in a hitless inning for Double-A Montgomery on Saturday in the Southern League playoffs. "He's a huge part of our season next year", Cash said.
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