Alex Rodriguez leans as he watches his ninth-inning home run. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Hoping to keep their postseason dreams alive, the Yanks beat the Rays for their third straight win, and in the victory, Alex Rodriguez belted career homer No. 549, which was historic for two reasons. It gave him sole possession of 12th on the all-time list, and his disputed homer became the first one used in instant replay.
BATTING 2B: Cano (28, Jackson, E), Rodriguez, I (18, Jackson, E), Abreu (36, Jackson, E), Rodriguez, Al (32, Jackson, E), Giambi
(15, Jackson, E). HR: Rodriguez, Al (31, 9th inning off Percival, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Cano 3; Matsui; Giambi 2; Jeter; Damon; Rodriguez, Al 7; Rodriguez, I 2; Abreu 3. RBI: Cano (61), Rodriguez, I (35), Rodriguez, Al 4 (90), Giambi (87), Matsui (44). 2-out RBI: Cano; Rodriguez, I; Matsui; Rodriguez, Al 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, Al; Damon; Rodriguez, I; Nady. Team RISP: 7-for-14. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Abreu 2 (18, 2nd base off Jackson, E/Navarro, D, 2nd base off Percival/Navarro, D), Damon (26, 2nd base off Jackson,
E/Navarro, D). CS: Rodriguez, Al (3, 2nd base by Balfour/Navarro, D).