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Tampa Bay offense explodes in big victory over the Yankees

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This time, it was the Tampa Bay Rays who turned into the Bronx Bombers.

The Rays salvaged one game of their three-game set with the New York Yankees, powering five home runs to pace an 8-1 victory over the Yankees. The Rays scored five times with two out in the top of the first on two homers, three doubles and a single.

Steven Souza Jr., on his 27th birthday, hit two home runs to lead the way. Corey Dickerson, Steve Pearce and Logan Forsythe also hit home runs for the Rays, who were averaging 3.35 runs per game (26th in the AL).

“We have the ability to put the ball out of the park,” said manager Kevin Cash.

Drew Smyly won his first game of the year with an unusual amount of support. Before Sunday, he had led in only one inning all year, and in three previous starts, the Rays had backed him with only three runs.

Forsythe had three hits for the Rays.

Tampa Bay returns home to play the Baltimore Orioles tonight. Chris Archer (0-4) goes for his first win of the year.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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