Game 144 / 79-65 / 2nd / -3 GB : With a golden opportunity to pick up a critical game in the standings, the Yankees were done in by a bench player hitting .133, who doubled his season home run output with one swing of the bat. As Atlanta shocked the world with a 3-2 win over Toronto, New York failed to protect a 4-3 lead, and remained 3 games back in the AL East. Wasted were booming home runs from Alex Rodriguez and Greg Bird, as reliever Nick Rumbelow grooved one to light-biting Nick Franklin for a 2-run blast that gave Tampa a 5-4 lead.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Rays 6, Yankees 3
Bird’s Go-Ahead Blast
“It’s tough that we’re not able to hold them down.” ‐ Joe Girardi (h/t: Chad Jennings/LoHud)
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