NEW YORK -AP- Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer, Matt Andriese won for the first time since June and the Tampa Bay Rays slowed the New York Yankees' playoff charge by stopping their seven-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Sunday.
Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller also went deep for the last-place Rays, who had lost three straight and six of seven. But they prevented a four-game sweep behind Andriese (7-7) and Chase Whitley, who tossed two innings of relief in his Tampa Bay debut after returning from Tommy John surgery.
 
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Chase Headley homered and Brett Gardner had an RBI single among his three hits for the Yankees, who began the day three games behind first-place Boston in the AL East and one back of Baltimore for the league's second wild card.
Whitley struck out his first batter, rookie slugger Gary Sanchez, and gave up an unearned run but retired Jacoby Ellsbury on an easy fly with two runners in scoring position to protect a 4-2 lead in the seventh. It was the right-hander's first major league outing since he started for the Yankees at Tampa Bay on May 14 last year.
Brad Boxberger worked a perfect eighth against the 3-4-5 hitters in New York's lineup, and Alex Colome got three quick outs for his 32nd save. He struck out two.
Andriese allowed one run and six hits over five innings for his first win since June 15 against Seattle. The right-hander won his first six decisions this season.
Dickerson and Nick Franklin both had three hits. Miller's homer snapped an 0-for-17 slump.
Rookie right-hander Luis Cessa (4-1) gave up all three Rays homers in 5 2/3 innings. New York had won his first four starts.
The Yankees were looking for their first eight-game winning streak since a 10-game run in June 2012. They lost for only fifth time in 18 games since Aug. 23.
9/11 CEREMONIES
Before the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and reliever Dellin Betances placed a wreath at the 9/11 Monument in Monument Park to honor those killed in the terrorist attacks 15 years ago. Following a moment of silence, FDNY firefighter Frank Pizzaro sang the national anthem while other firefighters unfurled a large American flag in center field -- the same flag displayed when President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series at the original Yankee Stadium. After their roll call of Yankees starters, the Bleacher Creatures briefly chanted "USA! USA!"
 

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