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MLB: New York Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 5

July 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) -- Alfonso Soriano bashed a two-run homer and drove in the game-winning run in the ninth inning Sunday, boosting the New York Yankees over Tampa Bay 6-5.

Soriano's two-run blast in the third inning -- his first home run since returning to New York -- put the Yankees ahead 5-4. The Rays battled back for a tying run in the fifth on a solo shot by Wil Myers -- his second homer of the game.

The score remained tied until the ninth when Brett Gardner drew a leadoff walk from Jake McGee (2-3) and went to second on a wild pitch.

Derek Jeter was then intentionally walked and Robinson Cano fanned, but Soriano followed by singling to center, driving in Gardner with the game-winner as New York avoided a three-game sweep.

Jeter smacked a solo homer on the first pitch he saw in his return to the lineup after missing much of July with a strained quadricep. It was just his second game since undergoing ankle surgery last fall.

Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-4 with an RBI for New York.

Mariano Rivera (2-2) earned the decision after tossing a scoreless top of the ninth.

Myers finished 2-for-4 with four RBI for Tampa Bay, which fell into second place in the American League East, 1/2 game behind Boston.

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