Rays end trip with 3-1 win over Yankees
The Rays ended a frustrating trip on a good note sunday, beating the Yankees 3-1 as they head home to face the sizzling Blue Jays, who have won 11 straight.
The Rays (39-37) got a solid six-inning start from Chris Archer, a bounceback showing by the bullpen after Saturday's blowup, and a huge hit from James Loney, who, left on left, singled in two runs in the seventh.
The score was 1-1 from the first inning until the seventh as both Archer and Yankees starter Ivan Nova pitched effectively.
The Rays rally started with Nova losing control with two outs in the seventh, hitting Desmond Jennings and then Ben Zobrist with an 0-2 pitch. Yankees manager went to the bullpen, brining in Shawn Kelley, who walked Evan Longoria to laod the bases, and then lefty Boone Logan to face Loney.
Down 1-and-2, Loney laced a single just to the left of second base, scoring two to put the Rays up 3-1.
Loney, per the Rays, is now batting an AL-best .402 (35-for-87) in the 7th inning or later this year. Plus the lefty swinger is hitting a team-high .364 (24-for-66) vs. lefty pitchers.
After Archer held the Yankees to one run over six innings, Jake McGee and Joel Peralta, who cost the Rays Saturday game, each worked a scoreless inning, and then Fernando Rodney, in his first save situation since June 15, finished for his 15th save.
The Rays host the Jays on Monday in the home debut of prized prospect OF Wil Myers, with Jeremy Hellickson facing Esmil Rogers.