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.

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