Curtis Granderson drove in Alfonso Soriano with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning and the New York Yankees avoided a three-game sweep by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2, on Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Soriano started the winning rally with a one-out double off Jamey Wright (2-2). He stole third and came home on Granderson’s fly ball to center.
‘‘He ends up getting himself safe at third and now the situation changes,’’ Granderson said. ‘‘I just have to get a ball to the outfield.’’
Mariano Rivera, making his last regular-season appearance at Tropicana Field, received a standing ovation before getting the final three outs for his 38th save. Rivera has 37 saves at Tropicana Field, the most by any opponent, and has converted 64 of 66 save opportunities overall against Tampa Bay. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.