The Rays started off home interleague play Tuesday night in a game with the New York Mets. The Rays got a some offense early off of Chris Young, but could not put the runs on the board while leaving 10 men on base throughout the game.

Alex Cobb started off well early but let up runs late. The bullpen did not help out either.

The Mets started the scoring with an unearned run in the 1st inning. Jordany Valdespin scored on an error by shortstop Elliot Johnson to give New York the early lead.

The Rays struck right back with an RBI single by Hideki Matsui (who turned 38th Tuesday night) in the bottom half of the inning. The next batter, Will Rhymes, gave the Rays the lead with a sac fly.

The Mets did not strike back until the 5th when they took a 3-2 lead on a 2-RBI double by Valdespin.

The Mets struck again in the 7th with an RBI double by Valdespin, as he continued his big night. They would score 5 more runs in the inning, capped off by a 3-run home run by Ike Davis. This would give the Mets a 9-2 lead.

The Mets added two more in the 8th lead by an RBI single from Lucas Duda.

That would be all as the Rays fell to the Mets by a final score of 11-2.

The Rays fall to 35-26 (19-12 at home) on the year, and fall out of first place and are now tied for second place with Baltimore. The red-hot Yankees, who defeated the Braves for their fifth straight win last night, now stand alone atop the division. 

Notable Stat Lines

  • Alex Cobb (L,2-3) 6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • Chris Young (W,1-0) 5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • B.J. Upton 2-4, R
  • Matt Joyce 3-4
  • Hedki Matsui 1-3, RBI
  • click here for a full boxscore

Rays News and Notes

  • The Rays will try to even the series Wednesday night, as David Price (8-3, 2.40 ERA) will take the mound against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (9-1, 2.44 ERA) in one great pitching matchup. First pitch at 7:10.
  • The Rays have signed fifth-round draft pick Bralin Jackson for $325K.
  • Ben Zobrist did not play in last night's game due to a sore hand. X-Rays came back negative and it doesn't look like a serious problem.
  • Kyle Farnsworth has began his rehab assignment with Class A+ Port Charlotte. He pitched one scoreless inning Monday night.