MLB: Yankees Fall Below .500, Rays Sweep NY
After a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, the Yankees dropped below the .500 mark. New York falls to a five-game losing streak, while the 6-3 win in the Bronx advances Tampa Bay to a five-game win streak.
The Rays took away the Yankees’ lead multiple times throughout the game, and managed to propel themselves to a three-point advantage, winning the game and earning a three-game sweep.
Sean Rodriguez hammered a go-ahead, two-run shot in the sixth to lead his team to victory, while the Yankees stranded runners on base and in scoring position often.
New York was first on the board, with a Gardner home run to right in the first inning. It wasn’t until the third inning that the Rays would tie the game for the first time. A Ben Zobrist double to left would advance Kevin Kiermaier to third, followed by a passed ball by Brian McCann, scoring Kermaier.
The Yankees didn’t wait to answer back, and with two outs in the bottom of the third, McCann crushed the ball to right field giving the Yanks a lead yet again.
Tampa Bay was quick to take away New York’s lead, as Logan Forsythe crossed the plate to even the score at two. Forsythe doubled to put himself in scoring position, and Rodriguez capitalized on the opportunity to bring in a run.
Runs kept being manufactured by each team as the Yankees took the lead a third time in the fourth. Alfonso Soriano started the inning with a line drive to right, followed by an Ichiro Suzuki walk. With two outs, Gardner continued to have a hot bat, scoring Soriano on a single.
Tampa Bay managed to tie the game again in the top of the fifth, mirroring the team’s situation in the third. Desmond Jennings singled, before a Zobrist double, to put two runners in scoring position.
Brandon Guyer singled on a line drive to left, scoring Jennings. Zoberist tried for the extra run, but was called out at the plate.
The Rays saw their first lead of the game in the sixth. After a Forsythe single to start off the inning, a pitching change was made to replace Vidal Nuno with Shawn Kelley. Unfortunately for Kelley, his time on the mound would not fare well.
Rodriguez was the first batter to face Kelley, and he crushed the ball to center field for a two-run home run. This gave Tampa Bay a 5-0 lead that they would not relinquish. James Loney helped add to the Rays’ lead in the ninth, scoring Zobrist on a ground out.
New York remains third in the AL East at .494, and have until July 15 to get themselves above the .500 mark again. Tampa Bay is in last place at .437 hoping to play catch up and decrease its deficit.