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Yankees and Rays Play Rare Game with 3 Multi-Homer Performances

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffSeptember 9, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Brian McCann #34 of the New York Yankees celebrates his fourth inning home run against the Tampa Bay Rays with teammate Chase Headley #12 at Yankee Stadium on September 8, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays combined for an unusual feat in Thursday's game at Yankee Stadium, playing the first MLB contest all season that included multi-homer efforts from three different players, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Completing the feat were Yankees catcher Brian McCann, Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and Rays outfielder Steven Souza, with each player contributing two apiece.

Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin also went deep for a walk-off win at the bottom of the ninth inning, but despite the total of seven home runs, Thursday's game ended with a reasonable 5-4 score in favor of the Bronx Bombers.

Each of the seven homers was a solo job, with the game's other two runs—both scored by New York—coming on an RBI single and an error at the bottom of the first inning.

Prior to Thursday, it had been more than two years since any MLB game featured three multi-homer performances, dating back to May 23, 2014, when Giancarlo Stanton, Mark Reynolds and Garrett Jones did the honors in a 9-5 victory for the Milwaukee Brewers over the Miami Marlins, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Thursday's victory was the fifth in a row for a surging Yankees team that finds itself right in the thick of the American League playoff hunt, despite selling off a number of veteran players before the trade deadline.

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New York is now just four games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East, and only two games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the final wild-card spot.

Tampa Bay, on the other hand, owns the AL's second-worst record, sitting at 59-80 after Thursday's tough loss.

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