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May 14, 10:15 PM EDT

Rene Rivera homers and drives in 4, Rays beat Yankees 6-1

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Rene Rivera homered and drove in four runs, Erasmo Ramirez allowed one hit over five innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 6-1 on Thursday night.

After losing the series opener 11-5, the Rays rebounded to win the final three games.

Yankees starter Chase Whitley (1-2) left with two on and two outs in the second due to a right elbow injury. He was replaced by Esmil Rogers, who gave up a three-run homer on his first pitch to the light-hitting Rivera that put Tampa Bay up 4-0.

Whitley will undergo tests and further examination Friday.

Ramirez (1-1) didn't allow a hit after Jacoby Ellsbury opened the first with a single. The right-hander struck out four and walked two.

Alex Rodriguez homered in the ninth off Matt Andriese, who went four innings and completed the five-hitter for his second save.

A-Rod got his 1,000th RBI with the Yankees on his 663rd career homer.

The Rays have given up two runs or fewer 19 times this season, tops in the majors.

Rivera, who entered hitting .126 with one homer and five RBIs, made it 5-0 on an RBI single off Rogers in the fourth. Rivera's career high for RBIs is five set on April 28, 2014, for San Diego against San Francisco.

James Loney opened the scoring with a first-inning RBI single off Whitley, charged with three runs, two hits and two walks.

If Whitley is unable to make his next start, the Yankees could turn to left-hander Chris Capuano, who is coming back from a quadriceps injury and pitched six innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday night.

Whitley has been filling a rotation spot that opened when Masahiro Tanaka was injured.

The announced crowd was 11,977. The four-game set drew just 44,937.


Yankees: Manager Joe Girardi said INF Brendan Ryan (calf) left an extended spring training game early due to heat exhaustion. ... Tanaka (right wrist and forearm) will have his second bullpen session Friday.

Rays: RHP Alex Cobb had elbow ligament-replacement surgery. ... LHP Matt Moore (elbow surgery) will have his first simulated game Monday.


Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (5-0) will face Kansas City RHP Chris Young (2-0) on Friday night. Pineda struck out 16 Sunday against Baltimore, matching the second-highest total in team history.

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-2) and Minnesota RHP Phil Hughes (2-4) are Friday night's scheduled starters.

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