Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Yankees game

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Yankees game

Tampa Bay has split the first two games of the set held at the home of the New York Mets. "You've got to be ready from, I guess, the third inning on".

Even though the Rays wore home whites, sat in the home dugout, and had their highlights played on the Citi Field video board, their fans were vastly outnumbered by Yankees supporters, who went home happy after a win.

"Good win", Cash said.

The second game of a three-game series relocated from Tropicana Field due to Hurricane Irma's impact on Florida' Gulf Coast was a taut, October-worthy pitchers' duel after the Yankees and Rays swapped runs in the first inning, when New York's Matt Holliday laced an RBI double and Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier hit a leadoff homer.

"Given how their lineup was shaped with (Aaron) Judge, (Gary) Sanchez, (Matt) Holliday, (Starlin) Castro, I felt like that was the flawless time to kind of bring in our right-handed weapon against their guys", Cash said.

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Yankees game
Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Yankees game

Tigers starter Myles Jaye lasted only 3.2 innings in his first major-league start, giving up seven earned runs on seven hits and a pair of walks to the Indians, who won their 19th consecutive game.

Hechavarria's homer made a victor out of Tommy Hunter (3-5), the fourth of five Rays pitchers.

Hechavarria would get the best of Gray his next time, ripping a solo home run to deep left field to put the Rays on top 2-1.

Hechavarria missed the cycle by a homer on Monday, when he flied out to the track in right in his final at-bat. Four relievers closed it out, with Alex Colome pitching a flawless ninth for his 44th save.

Opening a stretch that has 17 of their final 20 games in NY, the Yankees closed within three games of Boston in the AL East and opened a four-game lead over Minnesota for the top AL wild card.

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The loss cost the Yankees a game in the standings with the first-place Boston Red Sox winning.

Gray cruised after the Duda double, not allowing another hit until Wilson Ramos doubled with one out in the fifth.

The New York Yankees provided less than two runs of support for Sonny Gray for the fifth time in his eight starts as a Yankee. "Tonight it wasn't meant to be". Gray (9-10, 3.17) allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings and struck out nine. "Over the long haul, you pitch that well, it'll be good for everyone concerned". NY has scored one run or fewer in all five of his losses.

"We're clicking right now at the right time", Frazier said.

NOTES: Rays OF Steven Souza Jr. returned to the lineup after missing three games with a bruised left knee.

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