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09/20/11 8:14 PM ET

Yanks capitalize on close play vs. Rays

NEW YORK -- A close call at first base Tuesday night might have led to an extra Yankees run in the second inning of New York's game against Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium.

With neither team yet to score and runners on first and second and nobody out, Brett Gardner bunted the ball to the first-base side of the pitcher's mound, where it was fielded by Rays first baseman Casey Kotchman.

Though it appeared on replay that Kotchman's throw to first base was in time, Gardner was called safe. He would come around to score two batters later on a three-run double by Curtis Granderson as part of the Yanks' four-run frame.

Rays manager Joe Maddon came out of the dugout briefly to discuss the call with first-base umpire Scott Barry.

Aaron Taube is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.