ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Matt Moore limited the Yankees to one run in six innings, but the Rays left-hander was unable to improve upon his 8-0 record Saturday at Tropicana Field. Instead, a 4-3 11-inning victory went to Yankees relief pitcher Ivan Nova.
Josh Lueke took the loss after serving up a two-out, 1-0 pitch to Lyle Overbay that wound up in the right-field stands. Moments later, Mariano Rivera went to work on his 18th save of the season.
Rays reliever Jake McGee was in position to claim a 3-1 win after he and Joel Peralta worked scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, respectively, but the Yankees drew even with two runs off closer Fernando Rodney in the ninth.
Rodney issued a two-out walk to Overbay, who advanced to second on a balk. Brennan Boesch drove him in with a pinch double and scored the tying run on a single Brett Gardner.
New York starter Vidal Nuno also allowed only one run through six innings, but the rookie left-hander wasn't pulled until he gave up a leadoff single to James Loney in the seventh.
Loney scored the go-ahead run after a pair of pinch-hits -- a double by Matt Joyce and a single by Kelly Johnson.
Joyce scored on a Yunel Escobar's fielder's choice, beating the tag by catcher Austin Romine.
The Yankees opened the scoring in the first inning when Gardner led off with a double and moved to third on a Robinson Cano grounder to the right side. With the infield drawn in, Vernon Wells lined to second baseman Ryan Roberts for the second out.
Travis Hafner then drove in Gardner with a single up the middle past Roberts.
Evan Longoria got the first Tampa Bay hit with a leadoff double in the second, but Nuno retired the next three batters on soft pop flies.
The Rays tied the game in the fifth inning on a pair of one-out doubles by Jose Molina and Desmond Jennings.
The Yankees wasted two opportunities to regain the lead, stranding a runner on third base in the sixth inning and on second in the seventh.
NOTES: Rivera is perfect in 18 save opportunities this season and has converted 62 of 64 chances against the Rays in his career. ... Rodney blew a save for the fifth time in 14 chances. ... Yankees OF Curtis Granderson, who suffered a fracture just below the knuckle on his left pinkie finger when he hit by a pitch by Rays LHP Cesar Ramos in the fifth inning Friday night, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. Granderson began the season on the DL with a fractured right wrist that was struck by a J.A. Happ pitch in his first spring training plate appearance. ... Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was scheduled to deliver the ceremonial first pitch, but he was delayed on his way to the ballpark by a minor traffic accident.