Catcher Chris Gimenez hits an RBI single in a game against the New York Yankees
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Chris Gimenez drove in two runs, including the deciding score in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays clipped the New York Yankees, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game set.
B.J. Upton homered and scored twice for the Rays, who have won three in a row.
James Shields (13-8) went eight innings for the win, allowing five hits and three runs with three walks and five strikeouts. Fernando Rodney stranded a runner on third in a scoreless ninth to earn his 41st save.
Alex Rodriguez made his return to the lineup, going 1-for-4 with a run scored for the Yankees, who have dropped five of six.
David Robertson (1-5) was charged with the winning run in his one relief inning. It spoiled a solid outing from CC Sabathia, who gave up eight hits and three runs in eight full frames.
The Yankees, who led by 10 games earlier this season, had their lead cut to one game over Baltimore, which beat Toronto 4-0. The Rays moved within 2 1/2 games of New York.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.