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Erasmo Ramirez flirts with no-hitter but Rays fall to Yankees

Sep 14, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) high fives Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Mikie Mahtook (27) as he got an unassisted double play to end the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 14, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) high fives Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Mikie Mahtook (27) as he got an unassisted double play to end the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez had a tying, two-out RBI double in the ninth and Slade Heathcott followed with a three-run homer, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

The victory moved the Yankees within three-games of AL East-leading Toronto.

Erasmo Ramirez held the Yankees hitless until Carlos Beltran led off the eighth with a hot shot that took a short-hop off first baseman Richie Shaffer and went into right field.

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Tampa Bay stopped a 21-inning scoring drought and took a 1-0 lead on Logan Forsythe's eighth-inning RBI double.

The Yankees rallied in the ninth. Down to their last out, Brett Gardner was walked by Brad Boxberger (4-10) on four pitches and stole second. Then Rodriguez tied Craig Biggio for 21st place all-time with his 3,060th hit.

Heathcott homered after Brian McCann was intentionally walked, setting off a raucous celebration in the New York dugout.