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Steal of home by Jacoby Ellsbury sinks Rays in New York

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For a while, it appeared that the Tampa Bay Rays had a shot at the New York Yankees Thursday night. Jacoby Ellsbury stole it away.

Ellsbury steal of home on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning tied the game, and the Yankees went on to win a 6-3 decision in the first game of their three-game series.

It was the Yankees’ first straight steal of home since 2001 and the first-ever against the Rays.

Ellsbury had gotten on base with a single, moved to second on another single. A balk moved him to third.

“I don’t know what you do about that other than pitch from the stretch,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said.

Matt Moore took the loss after allowing four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.

The Rays took a 2-0 lead on a double by Logan Forsythe. They led 3-2 when Brandon Guyer singled in Forsythe. But the Yankees have a large edge in late innings because of their bullpen combination of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, who haven’t allowed any runs this season.

“I dont think we did too many things well,” Cash said.

Today, rookie Blake Snell, the Rays’ top pitching prospect, gets his first major league start. The game starts at 1:05 p.m.

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

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