For the second straight night the Rays had a horrible display of baseball, losing to the Yankees again 4-1. The defense was not nearly as sloppy as it was Tuesday night, but the hitting was pretty much just as bad.
Alex Cobb pitched well, but couldn't get any run support from his offense. The Rays only mustered one run on four hits. The only run on the night (and the series so far) came in the ninth inning, when Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton hit back-to-back triples. Ivan Nova finished his strong outing with just one earned run through eight innings, striking out five Rays.
The Yankees started off the scoring with a Mark Teixeira home run in the bottom of the second. Robbie Cano hit one of his own later in the fourth inning, to extend the Yankees' lead to 2-0.
The eight inning is when things started to unravel for Cobb in the Rays. After giving up a single to start off the inning, and then an RBI double to Nick Swisher one batter later, Cobb probably should have been taken out. He would stay in the game however, and give up another RBI double, this time to Eric Chavez.
The Rays are now 31-25. With last night's loss, they drop from a first-place tie with Baltimore to third place. They're a game behind the O's (who beat Boston 2-1 last night) and a half-game behind New York. Boston remains in the division cellar four games out of first and three games behind the Rays.
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