Rene Rivera homers and drives in 4, Rays beat Yankees 6-1

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rene Rivera homered and drove in four runs, Erasmo Ramirez allowed one hit over five innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 6-1 on Thursday night.

After losing the series opener 11-5, the Rays rebounded to win the final three games.

Yankees starter Chase Whitley (1-2) left with two on and two outs in the second due to a right elbow injury. He was replaced by Esmil Rogers, who gave up a three-run homer on his first pitch to the light-hitting Rivera that put Tampa Bay up 4-0.

Whitley will undergo tests and further examination Friday.

Ramirez (1-1) didn’t allow a hit after Jacoby Ellsbury opened the first with a single. The right-hander struck out four and walked two.

Alex Rodriguez homered in the ninth off Matt Andriese, who went four innings and completed the five-hitter for his second save.

A-Rod got his 1,000th RBI with the Yankees on his 663rd career homer.