MLB: Tampa Bay 5, New York Yankees 2

Sept. 4, 2012 at 11:29 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Alex Cobb tossed seven strong innings and Evan Longoria cracked a go-ahead homer Tuesday in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over the New York Yankees.

Cobb (9-8) issued only four hits and a walk while striking out five over seven innings for the Rays, who clinched their three-game series and pulled to within 1 1/2 games of the Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles atop the American League East.

Joel Peralta tossed a scoreless eighth and Fernando Rodney racked up his MLB-best 42nd save as the Rays won their fourth straight overall.

Longoria's blast in the third inning erased a 2-1 deficit and put Tampa Bay ahead for good.

Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton added back-to-back solo shots in the fifth.

Freddie Garcia (7-6) was touched for five runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings as New York lost for the 11th time in 12 games at Tampa Bay.

Robinson Cano belted a two-run homer for the Yankees. who surrendered sole possession of first place in the AL East after holding it for 84 days.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Alabama football: Crimson Tide host Arkansas, hope to continue momentum from Georgia game
St. Louis Rams' Stedman Bailey fined for 'sleeping' on the job
Toronto Maple Leafs lose in Mike Babcock's debut, earn Montreal Canadians' respect
Johnny Manziel's grandfather loses home in 'suspicious' fire