Gardner stands tall as Yankees rally

In a game where a loss seem inevitable, the Bombers came together to earn a key win

Updated: July 19, 2011, 10:16 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The offensive highlights of the New York Yankees' 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field were as follows: one hard slide into second base in the eighth inning and one bases-loaded walk in the ninth. Period.

One was a triumph of aggression, the other a victory for patience, and together, they combined to give the Yankees a rare come-from-behind win and a much-needed victory over a rival that doesn't figure to go away all that easily.

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