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MLB: Tampa Bay 5, New York Yankees 2

Sept. 26, 2011 at 10:41 PM   |   Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- James Shields tossed 8 2/3 innings Monday and Tampa Bay tied for the American League wild-card lead with a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees.

Shields (16-12) yielded a pair of runs on six hits, walking three and fanning four for the Rays, who -- aided by Boston's loss to Baltimore Monday -- forged a deadlock with the Red Sox atop the AL wild-card standings with two games to play.

Kyle Farnsworth recorded the game's final out for his 24th save.

B.J. Upton stroked a game-tying two-run double in the third inning and came home on Johnny Damon's single while Kelly Shoppach added a solo homer for the Rays, who are trying to become the first team ever to overcome a nine-game September deficit to claim a playoff berth.

Starter Hector Noesi (2-2) lasted only two innings for the American League East champion Yankees.

Robinson Cano drove in both New York runs with a solo homer and an RBI single.

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