Gross Gets Better of Mo in 11th as Rays Top Yanks

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 11:11 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Rays' Jonny Gomes (31) slides under the tag by New York Yankees' Derek Jeter to steal second base during the 11th inning of a baseball game Tuesday night, May 13, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Gabe Gross singled with no outs in the 11th inning to drive in the first run Mariano Rivera has allowed all season, giving Tampa Bay a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees and sending the Rays into first place in the AL East. Cliff Floyd began the 11th with a single and pinch-runner Jonny Gomes stole second before Gross delivered the winner.

Rivera (0-1) had not allowed a run in 14 previous appearances. J.P. Howell (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, the Rays' 15th in 20 games. Tampa Bay has won a club-record 11 straight at home and is a half-game ahead of Boston in the AL East after the Red Sox lost 5-4 at Baltimore.