NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A disappointed Jaime Garcia didn’t say a word to manager Joe Girardi when he was removed one out shy of qualifying for his first win with the Yankees, and New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday to take two of three games in a series moved from Florida to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma.
Garcia was ahead 3-1, retired the first two batters of the fifth and allowed Lucas Duda’s check-swing, opposite-field single to left. The 31-year-old left-hander did not look at Girardi when the manager came to the mound, and Garcia muttered to himself when walking to the dugout. After Chad Green retired Evan Longoria on a flyout, Girardi had a conversation with Garcia in the dugout, with the manager doing almost all the talking.
Garcia is 0-2 in six starts since the Yankees acquired him from Minnesota. Making his first appearance since Aug. 30, he allowed one run and five hits in 4 2/3 innings, giving up a leadoff homer to Kevin Kiermaier in the third.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been pleased when a manager takes me out,” Garcia said. “My goal is to go eight or nine (innings or) as deep as I can in the game. But that’s not my decision. My decision is to execute pitches and make pitches until they take me out of the game. Today, he took me out, and it worked out for the team. It was a big win for us.”
Garcia added that in the dugout Girardi told him it was a tough decision to remove him and that he appreciated the conversation with the manager.
Girardi took out CC Sabathia after 4 1/3 innings with a 5-1 lead on Monday when Longoria came to the plate with two on.
Green (5-0) struck out the side in the sixth, and Tommy Kahnle overcame two hits in the seventh with the help of a double play. Dellin Betances appeared to be unhappy when Girardi replaced him with Aroldis Chapman with one on and two outs in the eighth. Chapman walked Steven Souza Jr. and gave up an RBI single to Adeiny Hechavarria that sent Souza to third. Chapman struck out pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos with a 101.9 mph fastball.
Curt Casali, in his third plate appearance of the season, walked leading off the ninth as rain began. Chapman then struck out Brad Miller, Kiermaier and Duda for his 18th save in 22 chances, his first of more than three outs since Game 5 of last year’s World Series for the Chicago Cubs. The Yankees won their fourth straight series.
A pro-Yankees crowd of 13,159 raised the total for the series to 49,510. Tickets were $25 each day.
Tampa Bay was heading back home after the game and returns to Tropicana Field for a five-game homestand starting Friday against Boston.
New York entered four games behind AL East-leading Boston and three games ahead of Minnesota for the top AL wild card. The Rays were three games behind the Twins, with four other teams to overcome.
Chris Archer (9-10) dropped to 0-3 in his last four starts, giving up three runs and six hits in four-plus innings. Struggling with his command, he needed 92 pitches to get 12 outs.
New York took a 3-0 lead in the second, when Todd Frazier hit an RBI single and Brett Gardner had a two-run single. Clint Frazier stranded the bases loaded when he struck out in the third, and the bases were full again in the eighth when Clint Frazier fouled out against Sergio Romo and No. 9 hitter Austin Romine struck out. The Yankees stranded 11 and were 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
Starlin Castro singled to lead off the second, stopping a 0-for-14 slide. When he reached first base, he signaled for the baseball to be thrown in and saved for him.
Jacoby Ellsbury singled and walked against Archer and is 22 for 43 (.512) against him.
Yankees: 1B Greg Bird missed his third straight game with a back spasm. Bird said he was available and Girardi said he likely will start Friday.
Rays: RHP Jake Faria, recovered from a left abdominal strain that has sidelined him since mid-August, likely will be activated from the DL during this weekend’s series against Boston and probably will pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen. … RHP Nathan Eovaldi (Tommy John surgery) and LHP Xavier Cedeno (left forearm tightness) were to pitch for Triple-A Durham on Wednesday night.
Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-11) starts Thursday’s opener of a four-game series against Baltimore and LHP Wade Miley (8-12).
Rays: After a day off, RHP Matt Andriese (5-3) starts Friday against Boston.
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