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This time, Rays take advantage of gaffe

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One of main reasons the Tampa Bay Rays have been struggling is the number of mistakes they've made, especially at key times.

Monday, they were on the other side of it as an error by New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira led to their 4-3 win.

The key play was a ground ball that skipped past Teixeira's glove during a seventh-inning rally.

"A much more difficult play than it looked," Elliot Johnson said.

But it was made possible as the Rays rallied, with Sean Rodriguez drawing a one-out walk, then Brooks Conrad delivering a pinch-hit double and Johnson hitting the ground ball Teixeira missed.

"Just a team victory," manager Joe Maddon said. "We need more of that. That's who we are. We're built around everybody not just around one or two guys. We got to be able to get the big hit. Hopefully, that's gonna come a little more often, just a big knock in the right moment."
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