(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays try to string back-to-back wins together on Wednesday when they continue their four-game series with the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field.
Tampa was finally able to solve its American League East rivals on Tuesday, as David DeJesus' two-run single in the seventh inning sparked a late rally that lifted the Rays to a 4-2 victory.
After DeJesus' clutch hit off Nathan Eovaldi knotted the score at 2-2, the Rays scored twice more in the eighth to come away with only their second win in eight meetings with New York this season.
"We just keep grinding, keep grinding," DeJesus said. "In the late innings, (we) just had good at-bats."
DeJesus finished 2-for-3 and Evan Longoria drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly, which earned Kevin Jepsen (1-2) the win for tossing a scoreless top of the eighth.
Chris Archer overcame a shaky opening inning to hold the Yankees to two runs while striking out eight over seven strong frames.
Eovaldi (3-1) wound up being charged with all four runs in a 7 1/3-inning outing in which he shut the Rays out over the first six.
"I felt good," Eovaldi said. "I was able to make good pitches with my fastball earlier in the game."
Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner each had two hits and a run scored for New York.
Heading to the hill for the Yankees on Wednesday will be righty Adam Warren, who is 2-1 with a 4.65 ERA. Despite being staked to a five-run lead, Warren did not get a decision on Friday against Baltimore, as he surrendered two runs and seven hits with three walks over 4 2/3 innings of his team's 5-4 win.
The Yankees have won all five of his starts since losing his season debut back on April 11.
Warren has faced Tampa twice already and has not received a decision in either outing, but has given up five runs in 9 2/3 innings against them. He has pitched to a 3.62 ERA in 12 games (2 starts) against them for his career.
Tampa, meanwhile, will turn to rookie right-hander Nathan Karns, who will be squaring off against Warren for the third time this season. Like Warren, Karns hasn't factored into the decision of either outing, but has only allowed three earned runs in 9 2/3 innings against the Yanks this season.
Karns improved to 2-1 on Friday against Texas, as he held the Rangers to a pair of runs and four hits over seven innings. He also struck out a career- high nine batters and lowered his ERA to 3.79.
"Outstanding effort by Karnsy tonight," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "I apologized for (66) pitches (last time out), so I made it up to him tonight and got him (117). It worked out well."