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Yanks lose 5th straight, swept by Rays

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning and drove in three runs, helping the streaking Tampa Bay Rays extend their longest winning string this year to five and handing the New York Yankees their season-worst fifth straight loss, 6-3 Wednesday.

Sean Rodriguez, Tampa Bay Rays
Sean Rodriguez of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates his sixth inning home run with teammate Logan Forsythe at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. (Jim McIsaac, Getty Images)

Ben Zobrist doubled twice among his three hits for the Rays, but ran into two outs. With manager Joe Maddon encouraging his team to be more aggressive on the bases, Rodriguez was thrown out trying to stretch an RBI single to the wall in right field in the fourth.

The Rays won all three games at Yankee Stadium for their first road sweep since taking three in the Bronx Sept. 24-26.

The Rays improved to 11 games under .500 for the first time in a month after falling 18 under on June 10. New York is below .500 at 41-42 for the first time since April 11.

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