Rays lose 3-2 to Yankees
The Tampa Bay Rays got greedy when they earned the opportunity
to sweep the New York Yankees on Sunday. That’s why they were a
little disappointed by a 3-2 loss in 11 innings.
”Two victories and a chance to sweep, you want to step on their
throat and finish them off,” starting pitcher Alex Cobb said.
Alfonso Soriano started New York’s winning rally with a one-out
double off Jamey Wright (2-2) in the 11th. He stole third and
scored on Curtis Granderson’s sacrifice fly to center.
The Rays, who had won eight of ten and began the day in a
virtual tie with Boston for the top spot in the AL East, came away
with some satisfaction at taking the big series, but wanted
”When you win the first two you really want to go all the
way,” manager Joe Maddon said. ”But I’ll always take two out of
three in this game against a really good other team.”
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. The closer is planning to
retire after this season.
Boone Logan (4-2) got two outs for the win.
Pinch hitter Alex Rodriguez opened the 10th with a single to
center off Wright and went to second on Brett Gardner’s sacrifice.
Rodriguez then was doubled off second after Wright grabbed a line
drive by Ichiro Suzuki that appeared headed toward center
Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension by Major
League Baseball, was booed every time he came to the plate during
the series. He went 2 for 9 with two strikeouts.
Evan Longoria homered and drove in two runs for the Rays. Maddon
seemed most upset with Soriano’s big steal.
”We just can’t permit the stolen base at third base,” Maddon
said. ”That’s really what caused the win for them.”
New York got a homer and two RBIs from Robinson Cano.
Longoria and Cano went back and forth for much of the game
before Granderson delivered his key sacrifice fly.
Longoria put the Rays up 1-0 with an RBI single in the first.
Yankees starter Ivan Nova avoided further damage by getting an
inning-ending double play from James Loney with the bases
Cano then hit an opposite-field homer to left in the fourth and
a tiebreaking RBI double against Cobb in the sixth. He was easily
thrown out attempting to stretch the hit into a triple.
Longoria responded with his 28th homer in the bottom half.
Nova allowed six hits and tied a career high with six walks in 6
Cobb gave up seven hits in his third start after missing two
months after being struck in the head by a liner hit by Kansas
City’s Eric Hosmer on June 15. But it was Cano’s 24th homer that
particularly bothered him.
”Probably one of the dumber pitches of my career, just poorly
executed and poorly thought out,” Cobb said. ”He obviously did
what he does with mistake pitches.”
NOTES: The Yankees plan to activate SS Derek Jeter (strained
right calf) from the disabled list for Monday’s game at Toronto.
… Tampa Bay All-Star LHP Matt Moore (sore left elbow) is
scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Thursday and could rejoin
the rotation next week. …. … The announced crowd was 34,078,
which was just the Rays’ third home sellout this season.