Rays lose 5-3 to Yankees
The Rays gave back the ground they gained Friday, losing 5-3 to the Yankees on Saturday.
James Shields put them in an early hole, allowing back to back homers to Curtis Granderson and Eduardo Nunez in the second, and they never quite recovered.
The Yankees expanded the lead to 4-0 in the fifth. The Rays closed to 4-3 in the sixth, with the key hit coming from Luke Scott, but the Yankees tacked on an insurance run - on back-to-back misplays by centerfielder B.J. Upton - in the eighth.
The Rays did get the tying run on base when Ben Francisco singled and Stephen Vogt walked, but Elliot Johnson struck out.
The loss dropped the Rays to 78-67 and back to four games behind the Yankees in the AL East and wild-card races.