Infielder Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws over to first for an out against the Toronto Blue Jays during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at the Charlotte Sports Complex on March 23, 2012 in Port Charlotte, Florida.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Evan Longoria hit a go-ahead homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat New York 5-2 on Tuesday night to drop the struggling Yankees into a tie for first place in the AL East.
Coupled with Baltimore's 12-0 win at Toronto, the Yankees fell into a tie for the division lead with the surging Orioles after sitting atop the standings by themselves for 84 consecutive days -- New York's longest streak since 2004.
Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton also homered for the third-place Rays, who pulled within 1 1/2 games of the Orioles and Yankees. Tampa Bay trailed by a season-high 10 1/2 games at the end of play on July 18.
Longoria hit a two-run shot off Freddy Garcia (7-6), wiping out a 2-1 deficit in the third inning.
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