The New York Yankees lose to the Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees on Friday night. The final score was 7-2 and the game took place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Hiroki Kuroda started and pitched probably his worst game of the season. Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez led the offense.
Kuroda pitched six innings giving up nine hits and seven runs. Kuroda walked one and struck out three and lost his ninth game of the season. Joba Chamberlain pitched two perfect innings with a strikeout.
Gardner had two hits and drew a walk, Robinson Cano had an RBI and Alfonso Soriano had a hit and an RBI. Mark Reynolds drew a walk, Nunez had two hits and Gardner hit a triple. The Yankees were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. Gardner had a stolen base and was picked off.
Chris Archer won his seventh game of the season and third against the Yankees. He pitched seven innings giving up four hits and two runs with two walks and four strikeouts. Jamey Wright pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one and Roberto Hernandez pitched a perfect inning.
Desmond Jennings drew a walk, Ben Zobrist had a hit and an RBI and Evan Longoria had a hit and an RBI. Matt Joyce had two hits and an RBI, Kelly Johnson had a hit and David DeJesus had a hit. Jose Lobaton had two hits and four RBI, Yunel Escobar had a hit. DeJesus hit a double, Lobaton, Longoria, Joyce and Zobrist each hit a homerun. The Rays were 2-4 with runners in scoring position and left a man on base. Joyce had an outfield assist and Wright had a pickoff.
In the first Soriano hit an RBI single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Lobaton hit a three run homerun in the second giving the Rays a 3-1 lead. In the third Longoria and Joyce hit back-to-back solo homeruns to make it a 5-1 Rays lead. Lobaton hit an RBI single in the fourth and it was 6-1 Rays. Zobrist hit a solo homerun in the fifth to make it 7-1. The Yankees scored the final run of the game in the sixth on a Cano groundout. The final score was 7-2 Rays.
The Yankees record fell to 68-60 and the Rays record improved to 73-53. The two teams will play game two of their three game series on Saturday night.