Seven-Run 7th Leads T-Yanks to 9th-Straight
TAMPA, Fla. - A seven-run seventh lifted the Yankees in a 10-4 victory over the Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Tampa (22-11, 61-42) tallied 17 hits and won its ninth-straight game while clinching the series over Palm Beach (16-17, 56-44).
RHP Erik Swanson (W, 4-2) made a quality start to earn the win. The 23-year-old held the Cardinals to three earned runs on eight hits in seven frames, tallying six strikeouts without issuing a walk. Swanson threw 60 of a season-high 96 pitches for strikes.
The T-Yanks claimed an early lead against Tampa native Jake Woodford in the first. Nick Solak drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a base hit to left by Gosuke Katoh . Both scored when Trey Amburgey pulled a double into the left field corner.
Palm Beach answered with a run in the second. After a pair of singles by Thomas Spitz and Andy Young placed runners on the corners, Spitz scored while Jeremy Martinez reached on a fielder's choice.
Luke Dykstra singled with one out in the fifth and advanced on a ground-rule double by Jose Martinez . Both scored on a double to the wall in left-center by Blake Drake, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.
Woodford kept the Yankees of the board for the rest of his start and left the game with two outs in the sixth, in-line for the win. The right-hander allowed two earned runs on nine hits in five and two-third innings, walking three while striking out one and throwing 50 of 83 pitches for strikes.
Five-straight Tampa batters reached base off LHP Ross Vance (L, 2-3) to begin the bottom of the seventh. Solak walked, Katoh singled and Amburgey delivered a game-tying RBI double. Tim Lynch followed with a walk and Alexander Palma looped a two-run single into right, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead.
A wild pitch placed runners at second and third and, one out later, Daniel Barrios lined an RBI single into center. Sharif Othman reached on a hit-by-pitch and Jeff Hendrix singled up the middle, scoring Palma. Barrios was lifted for pinch runner Angel Aguilar after appearing to hurt himself on the bases.
RHP Estarlin Arias relieved Vance and Solak hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Aguilar. Katoh followed with an RBI single into center, scoring Hendrix, before Arias got a strikeout to cap the seven-run inning.
Palm Beach put first-baseman Leobaldo Pina on the mound in the eighth and Lynch greeted the righty with a leadoff home run over the right field wall.
RHP Matt Frawley allowed a run on three hits in two innings to close out the game.
Palma (2-for-5, 2RBI, R) is batting .483 (14-for-29) over a seven-game hitting streak. Katoh (3-for-5, RBI, 2R) is hitting .457 (16-for-35) over his last nine games. Lynch (3-for-4, HR, BB, RBI, 2R) is batting .360 (9-for-25) with 3HR over a six-game hitting streak.
Amburgey (3-for-5, 2 2B, 3RBI, R) tied a season-high with 3RBI and leads the Yankees with 50RBI. Hendrix (2-for-5, BB, RBI, R) and Barrios (2-for-4, RBI) also logged multi-hit games.
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