Strong bullpen work helps Rays hold off frustrated Yanks 3-2
NEW YORK (AP) Didi Gregorius lined out with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning and whipped his bat toward the dugout, a telling sign of frustration for the New York Yankees during a costly 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run single and Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI single as the Rays handed Nathan Eovaldi (14-3) his first loss since mid-June, snapping the right-hander’s nine-game winning streak.
Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria left the game with a bruised right forearm, three innings after he was hit by a pitch.
New York, which leads the AL wild-card race, fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East. The Blue Jays beat Baltimore 5-1.
The Yankees had won three straight and six of seven – but they’ve dropped six of nine at home.
Xavier Cedeno (4-1) struck out four in 1 2-3 hitless innings, and Brad Boxberger got three quick outs for his AL-high 34th save in 39 chances.