Rays Offense Gets It’s Groove Back In 11-5 Win Over Yanks
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — James Loney drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a four-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 on Friday night.
Pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings had an RBI single before Loney’s two-run single off Adam Warren (0-1) in the seventh inning gave Tampa Bay a 6-5 lead.
Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer during a five-run eighth that made it 11-5. Wil Myers, who finished with three RBIs, added a two-run single.
Yankees reliever Cesar Cabral was ejected by plate umpire Joe West after hitting his third batter, Logan Forsythe, in the eighth after Myers’ hit. The left-hander earlier plunked Evan Longoria and Loney.
Longoria reached base in all five plate appearances. He had three hits, a walk and was hit near the left knee by Cabral’s pitch.
Scott Sizemore hit a three-run double and Brett Gardner had an RBI grounder as the Yankees took a 4-0 lead in the second.
Erik Bedard allowed four runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings for the Rays, who stopped a four-game losing streak. With Matt Moore (left elbow), Alex Cobb (strained left oblique) and Jeremy Hellickson (right elbow surgery) all on the disabled list, Bedard became the seventh starting pitcher used by Tampa Bay this season.
New York starter Hiroki Kuroda gave up three runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings. The Yankees had won five in a row.
Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury took an extra-base hit away from Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist with a leaping catch at the wall in the fourth. Later in the inning, Loney cut the Rays’ deficit to 4-2 with a two-run double.
Myers snapped a 10-game RBI drought with a sixth-inning single that pulled the Rays to 4-3. New York went ahead 5-3 in the seventh on Alfonso Soriano’s run-scoring single off Jake McGee (1-0).
New York manager Joe Girardi won a replay challenge in the second inning. After Sizemore’s hit, Ichiro Suzuki was called out at first after laying down a bunt. Following a 47-second delay, umpires ruled Suzuki was safe on the play.
Yankees reliever David Phelps left in the eighth after getting hit by Ryan Hanigan’s liner. He walked off the field and was replaced by Matt Thornton.
NOTES: New York RF Carlos Beltran didn’t play due to left shoulder and right wrist soreness. He flipped over the short wall down the right-field line while chasing Jennings’ foul ball Thursday night. … Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia will start in a three-game series at Boston that begins Tuesday. … Tampa Bay RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo (right elbow surgery) could return next week. … Jerry Springer threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … Yankees RHP Ivan Nova (2-1) and Rays RHP Chris Archer (1-1) are Saturday night’s scheduled starters.