Snell helps Rays complete sweep, 5-3 over Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell talks to catcher Luke Maile during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees. Image AP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Rookie left-hander Blake Snell struck out nine over 5 1/3 innings, Luke Maile had a key two-run single and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the New York Yankees 5-3 on Sunday.

Snell (3-4) allowed two runs and five hits, several hours after the Yankees traded closer Andrew Miller to Cleveland for touted outfielder Clint Frazier and three others. New York had sent closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs on Monday in a five-player deal.

After winning eight of 10, New York lost its fourth straight game and fell to .500 at 52-52.

Maile made it 5-2 in the sixth with a bases-loaded two-run single after Michael Pineda (5-10) issued a two-out intentional walk to Nick Franklin. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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