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Maddon shows he trusts his bullpen, Rays win 3-1

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Joe Maddon has no shortage of confidence in Jake
McGee and Joel Peralta - or the quality of New York City's

A day after his key relievers had had a rough outing that cost
them the game against the Yankees, the manager met with them in
the clubhouse over a snack to explain that he still trusted them
in tough situations.

On Sunday he showed it, calling on McGee and Peralta to hold the
two-run lead the Rays took when James Loney hit a tiebreaking
two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning. The bullpen
put up zeros and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees

"I'm a big chips and salsa man, and there was some excellent
chips and salsa," Maddon said. "I wanted to talk to Jake and
Joel. So I got a little bucket of salsa, a little bucket of
chips and I sat down with both of them.

"It was a good moment to just exchange thoughts, and I wanted
them to know how much I believe in them, because that was a
tough game for those guys," Maddon said.

On Saturday, trying to protect a two-run lead, Peralta loaded
the bases, and McGee walked in a run and allowed a three-run
double in the seventh inning. On Sunday, Maddon didn't hesitate
to go back to them.

"It made me feel really, really good, you know?" Peralta said.
"Thanks to Joe for putting me out there."

Peralta got Robinson Cano, Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay to fly
out to center after McGee pitched a scoreless, one-hit seventh.

Then Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth for his
15th save in 20 chances this season.

Chris Archer pitched six innings of one-run ball for his first
win in three starts since June 7 and the Rays earned a split of
their four-game series in the Bronx after the Yankees celebrated
their 67th Old-Timers' Day.

Archer (2-3) struck out four, allowed six hits, with a walk and
a hit batter, and outdueled Ivan Nova, who returned to the
Yankees' rotation from the minor leagues and settled down after
a shaky first inning.

The Yankees right-hander came undone just enough in the seventh.

Nova (2-2) left with two outs in the seventh after he hit
Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist with pitches. Shawn Kelley
walked Evan Longoria to load the bases and Boone Logan got to
two strikes on Loney before the Rays first baseman lined a sharp
shot up the middle. Joba Chamberlain came on and struck out Wil
Myers to end the inning.

That was another case of Maddon trusting a player. He briefly
considered pinch-hitting, but decided to roll with Loney against
a left-hander.

"I'm getting that chance here again like I did when I first
started in the big leagues," said Loney. "I was playing against
lefties a lot, too. It's one of those things where I'm glad to
be back in that situation."

Nova pitched himself out of a jam two innings before that. He
walked Jose Molina to lead off the inning and allowed a two-out
single to Desmond Jennings to bring up Ben Zobrist in a tough
spot. After getting ahead of him 0-2, Nova threw Zobrist a
curveball low and inside. He swung and missed, and catcher Chris
Stewart pumped his fist and ran off the field.

Nova finished with seven strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings, allowing 7
hits and three walks.

"I thought he was really good," Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said. "First inning he got his fastball up and then after that
he was real good."

Zobrist got the Rays on the board with an RBI single in the
first as Nova labored. Cano answered with a sacrifice fly caught
on the warning track in the bottom half.

Archer, too, settled down after that and worked with a quick
tempo. Once Loney got the big hit for the Rays, Maddon could
rest easy, turning the game over to his lock-down bullpen.

"When guys have a tough day like that, and they're your guys,
there's no replacements there," Maddon said. "These are our
guys. This is how we win this year. I believe in them. And they
have to know that."

NOTES: Maddon's snack choice in a city held up for mockery in
salsa commercials as the origin of subpar product may have been
his boldest decision this weekend. That one worked out, too. "As
it turns out ... the chips and salsa were outstanding," Maddon
said. "I don't know where they're from here in the city, but
they're really, really good." ... Loney finished with three hits
and an intentional walk after hitting into a double play in the
first inning. ... Molina easily stole a base in the top of the
eighth inning. He took off for second, and Stewart couldn't
corral a high pitch, allowing the sturdy catcher to take the
base easily. ... With the Old-Timers lined up on the basepaths
after being introduced, Yogi Berra was welcomed last. The
88-year-old Berra was brought out on a golf cart festooned with
eight miniature American flags, and received a warm cheer. ...
The Rays face Toronto on Monday night at home, where RHP Jeremy
Hellickson (5-3, with a 5.50 ERA) will face RHP Esmil Rogers
(3-2, 3.14). ... The Yankees are off Monday before hosting Texas
for three games starting Tuesday night.

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