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Rays’ offense comes to life in big victory over New York Yankees

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On the times the hitting is on, and the pitching is decent, the Tampa Bay Rays look like a ballclub.

It was that way Saturday, when the Rays blasted the New York Yankees, 9-5. Tampa Bay had nine extra base hits, taking a 9-1 lead and then holding on.

Hank Conger, who entered the game with only three RBI, had a three-run homer and two doubles. Evan Longoria had a home run and four RBI.

Matt Moore had not gone as many as five innings in his last four outings, but this time, he went 6 2/3 innings. The Yankees scored the last four runs off the Rays’ bullpen.

The Rays had six players with at least two hits each: Longoria, Conger, Brad Miller, Steve Pearce, Logan Morrison and Corey Dickerson.

Tampa Bay, which had lost six of its previous seven, pulled to within 22-25 on the season.

The Rays play today at 1:10 p.m. With Jake Odorizzi on the mound.

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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