Rays lose again to Yankees 6-4, end trip with 1-5 record
The Rays got to the end of their seemingly pivotal road trip with a thud, losing 6-4 to the Yankees on Sunday.
That gave them a 1-5 record for the week in Baltimore and New York and left them 78-67 and five games behind the AL East leading Yankees with 16 to play.
It was an eventful afternoon for the Rays as RF Sam Fuld left with a mild right hamstring sprain and manager Joe Maddon and DH Matt Joyce were both ejected for disagreeing with calls by home plate umpire Paul Emmel.
The Rays were quickly behind 5-0 as Matt Moore had another bad day, lasting only three three innings Sunday following a four-inning outing in his last start.
The Yankees got two runs by stringing together a walk, stolen base, single, bunt, and another single, then after a wild pitch and another walk got a three-run home run by Russell Martin.
Two batters later Moore threw a pitch behind the head of Yankees OF Curtis Granderson and home plate umpire Paul Emmel issued the warning.
Maddon was ejected for objecting from the dugout, then came out on the field to share his feelings up close and personal with Emmel. Twice Maddon walked away and then went back to say more to Emmel. It was Maddon's fourth ejection of the season and 27th as a Ray.
The Rays got a run in the top of the fourth on Ben Zobrist's home run and the Yankees added one in the bottom to make it 6-1, but then the Rays made it interesting for a while, scoring three in the top of the 6th. It wasn't much of a rally, as they loaded the bases on a two walks and an infield single, then got two runs when Evan Longoria's grounder took a bad hop past Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez. They got another when Matt Joyce bounced into a double play, but got no closer.
The Rays head home and open a four-game series with Boston on Monday at the Trop.