Rays lose in 9th to Yankees, 6-5
The Rays stay in first place is over for now.
The Rays lost 6-5 to the Yankees Sunday on a ninth-inning walkoff single by Alfonso Soriano while the Red Sox won in Baltimore.
The Yankees rallied in an odd ninth inning against Jake McGee, whose belt broke during the inning.
Brett Gardner walked to start the ninth, and McGee broke his belt on the last pitch. Evan Longoria went to the dugout to get him a new one, then he threw a wild pitch. The Rays intentionally walked Derek Jeter, then McGee got Robinson Cano looking at strike three.
But Soriano, acquired Friday, hit a slow single up the middle to score Gardner.
Coming off his first complete game shutout, Matt Moore was not sharp on Sunday, allowing five runs on eight hits as ahe needed 91 pitches to get through five innings. On Monday in Boston, he threw 109 and worked all nine innings.
Moore allowed three runs in the first, including a home run to Yankees captain Derek Jeter on the first pitch in first at-bat since coming off the disabled list.
The Rays battled back to take a 4-3 lead by the third. Kelly Johnson, starting again with Ben Zobrist getting a day off, doubled in a run in the second, and rookie Wil Myers hit a the first of his two homers, a three-run blast in the third.
But Moore couldn't hold it, allowing a single to Jeter to open the home third and, after a balk, a homer to Alfonso Soriano, that was just out of Myers' reach as he jumped at the rightfield wall, putting the Yankee sup 5-4.
The Rays came back and tied it in the fifth when Myers led off by knocking the ball over the rightfield fence, the first multi-homer performance in his 33-game career.
The Rays turned it over to their bullpen in the sixth, and Alex Torres, Joel Peralta and Jake McGee each posted zeroes.
With the loss, the Rays have still won nine of their last 11 games, 17 of 20, 21 of 25 and 24 of 30.