CC Sabathia shouted salty insults at the Tampa Bay Rays and said he tried to hit one of their batters, but both sides otherwise kept cool as the New York Yankees rallied for three runs in the ninth inning and a 4-3 victory Friday night that moved them into first place in the AL East.

Gio Urshela singled over Kevin Kiermaier’s head in deep right-center field to drive home the winning run with two outs. Luke Voit homered on the first pitch from José Alvarado (0-3) in the bottom of the ninth to make it 3-2, and New York tied it when pinch-runner Thairo Estrada scored on Alvarado’s bases-loaded wild pitch.

Voit and Urshela had three hits apiece. Kendrys Morales clubbed an early solo shot for his first home run since joining the Yankees.

New York Yankees' Gio Urshela celebrates with teammates after hitting an RBI single during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. The Yankees won 4-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Yankees’ Gio Urshela celebrates with teammates after hitting an RBI single during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. The Yankees won 4-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Willy Adames homered off Sabathia, who pitched six effective innings, and rookie Brandon Lowe hit a tiebreaking double against Chad Green with two outs in the eighth. Tampa Bay added another run on shortstop Gleyber Torres’ throwing error before rain caused a 35-minute delay in the bottom of the inning.

Torres doubled in the ninth to put runners at second and third with one out.

Jonathan Holder (3-1) struck out two in a perfect inning for the win.

New York Yankees' CC Sabathia reacts after striking out Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Yankees’ CC Sabathia reacts after striking out Tampa Bay Rays’ Brandon Lowe during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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New York Yankees' Gio Urshela celebrates after hitting an RBI single to end the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. The Yankees won 4-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Yankees’ Gio Urshela celebrates after hitting an RBI single to end the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. The Yankees won 4-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Yankees' Gio Urshela celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-ending RBI single during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. The Yankees won 4-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Yankees’ Gio Urshela celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-ending RBI single during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. The Yankees won 4-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Members of the grounds crew cover the field during a rain delay in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Members of the grounds crew cover the field during a rain delay in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Members of the grounds crew cover the pitcher's mound during a rain delay in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Members of the grounds crew cover the pitcher’s mound during a rain delay in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Tampa Bay Rays' Willy Adames watches his home run during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Tampa Bay Rays’ Willy Adames watches his home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Yankees on Friday, May 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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