Rays lose 3-2 in 11 to Yankees
The Rays couldn't come up with any late-inning magic Sunday and lost 3-2 to the Yankees in 11 innings.
The loss was just the Rays third in their last 11 games, but dropped them to 74-54 and potentially out of first place in the American League East, pending Boston's late game at Los Angeles.
The Yankees rallied quickly in the top of the 11th vs. Jamey Wright. Alfonso Soriano doubled with one out, stole third and scored on a sac fly by Curtis Granderson. The Rays couldn't do anything in the bottom of the inning as retiring Mariano Rivera set down Ben Zobrist, Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce.
The Rays struck first, with a warmed up Longoria singling in David DeJesus, the newly acquired outfielder who hit leadoff, in the first. After the Yankees went ahead 2-1, Longoria tied it with a homer in the sixth, his 28th of the season overall and fifth in seven games.
Alex Cobb gave the Rays a decent start, but couldn't get through six innings, allowing just the two runs but seven hits and three walks (one intentional). Robinson Cano was his biggest problem, as he homered in the fourth and doubled in Ichiro Suzuki in the sixth. Alex Torres, Jake McGee, Joel Peralta, Fernando Rodney and Jamey Wright followed.
The game drew a sellout crowd of 34,078, just the Rays' third full-house of the season.
They were in full roar when suspended-but-appealing Alex Rodriguez opened the 10th with a pinch-hit single, but he got doubled off second to end the threat after Ichiro Suzuki lined back to Wright.
The Rays had a chance in the bottom of the 10th when Jose Molina drew a one-out walk, but pinch-hitter Jose Lobaton grounded into a double play.
The Rays left after the game for Kansas City, where will play a Monday afternoon makeup of their May 2 snow-out, then fly bakc home to open a three-game series with the Angels on Tuesday.