NEW YORK (AP) – Sluggish to start defending their AL title, Tampa Bay Rays have found their bearings in the Bronx.
“This place can drive you really quickly,” says manager Kevin Cash.
Manuel Margot hit a homer twice in a row, Tyler Glasnow overcame cramping and poor control to throw five innings of a run and Rays staged the fight New York Yankees Saturday 6-3.
The Rays won their second consecutive win in the series after enduring a 3-8 stress, improving to 7-8 overall. The defending champions AL are 4-1 ahead of New York this season and 7-1 at Yankee Stadium since early 2020. They have won seven consecutive series against New York, including the Series. Division last year, and lost 17 of the 22 games since September 2019.
“Whatever you’re going through before coming here, you’d better find a way to wipe it out,” says Cash. “Because you have to be at the top of your game to compete here.”
The Yankees dropped to AL-worst 5-9, the latest game in a New York season having been at the end of the tournament since starting 9-17 in 1991, according to Elias Sports. Bronx fans once again booed the Bombers as they lost their fourth straight match, but the crowd held back for more than a day after throwing baseball and other items on the field at the end of the match in the 8-match defeat 2 before Rays.
“I feel like we’ve got more in today’s fight, which is at least a good thing,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “But we don’t want to win the morality right now.”
Francisco Mejía made a solo strike in the second match against Jordan Montgomery (1-1), and Margot made it 3-1 with his header off the left hand in the fourth half. Joey Wendle added a double hit against Jonathan Loaisiga in the seventh, and Mejía got an RBI brace in the ninth.
Rougned Odor hit his first homer shot with the Yankees, a solo shot in the seventh match off Jeffrey Springs, and Aaron Judge added an RBI single as New York attempted to regroup with the bullpen. Sidewinding Ryan Thompson’s right-back, however, was handed the ball to Diego Castillo in the ninth minute, and Castillo made a fourth save 1-2-3.
New York catcher Gary Sánchez was hit in the right hand by a foul ball in the fourth half and left the following half. The club said the X-rays were negative and that Sánchez was getting increasingly swollen in his right index and middle fingers.
Glasnow (2-0) entered the game with 29 goals and three dribbles in 19 2/3 of this season, but his feeling was not good from the start. He has gone four but has hit seven and is limited to New York twice.
The 6-foot-8 right-handed man worked early but got stuck in the loaded facility at the first time. He finally seemed to have regained his form when the match was halted in the fifth round as he suffered from painful cramps in his left arm, along with cramping in his right calf and quadriceps. The teammates brought him water and hydration gel, which he pumped into the back of the mound while stretching out his left thumb.
Glasnow went ahead of DJ LeMahieu as the match resumed but then beat Judge and Giancarlo Stanton while winning three straight shots, ending the day after 105 throws.
“That whole beginning was a pain,” said Glasnow. “Out of 30-anything that starts each year, you’ll have a number like that, but this one from start to finish is pretty taxed.”
The Yankees received a lash from Boone after Friday’s defeat but appeared to be devoid of inspiration as of early Saturday. New York kicked off with a job in the pitch instead of practicing batting the day after making three mistakes, and while defense improved, bats were still an issue.
Limited to Friday’s three hits, New York received only one copy of LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks for the first six innings. The Yankees left seven on a basis and went 1 to 7 with runner-up in the scoring position, dropping 20 with 90 (.222) this season with men on second or third.
“It was a pretty even match today,” Boone said. “But they hit a few balls in the chair.”
Montgomery, often effective at keeping the ball in the park, was undone by two Rays hosts for the second consecutive match. Those were the only two shots he allowed, but he was charged with four runs in six plus innings, two walks and seven on 86 throws.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole – set to start on Sunday – was 2-0 with 1.47 ERA, but the rest of New York started 1-6 with 6.39 ERA.
Ray: BY Kevin Kiermaier (left quadriceps) activated before the match. He has been out since April 5 but has taken a simulated bat before the match and is considered ready. He came on as a defensive substitute in the eighth season. … RHP Chris Mazza was selected on the site instead. … C Mejía had two concussions after being stabbed into the mask by a malicious ball but continued to play.
Yankees: Boone said C Kyle Higashioka will start at Sánchez on Sunday, but he hopes Sánchez will be present for the team’s next game on Tuesday. … 1B Luke Voit (torn a left knee cartilage) enters the court during pregnancy and is scheduled to begin on Monday. Boone said there is still no deadline for Voit’s return, but the club is pleased with his progress.
Cole faces Tampa Bay on Sunday for the first time since last year’s AL Division Series, when he was to run more than 5 thirds in a 2-1 defeat, Game 5. The Rays will use Andrew Kittredge’s right flank (2-0) to open the score.
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