“Definitely, we had plenty of opportunities.”
The Yankees (13-9) lost for the first time in six meetings with the Rays this afternoon, as James Loney’s 13th-inning RBI single off Chasen Shreve drove home the go-ahead run.
Stephen Drew tracked down Loney’s ground ball in shallow right field and his initial instinct was to look to first base, then he threw home too late to get Steven Souza Jr. sliding in — the first scoring in the contest since Chris Young’s game-tying homer in the sixth inning.
“It was just the way it came off the bat,” Drew said. “With where we’re playing him, it’s definitely a tough situation right there, the ball’s hooking. I did the best I could to get to it, and unfortunately just no shot to get to him.”
Michael Pineda started for New York on short notice after Masahiro Tanaka’s injury, holding the Rays to two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Chase Headley and Young homered off left-hander Drew Smyly, but the Yanks were strikeout machines in this one, fanning 16 times in all.
Yankees relievers allowed one earned run over 7 1/3 innings, permitting just Loney’s hit and four walks while striking out eight.
“The amount of innings they’ve had to pitch is incredible,” Joe Girardi said. “You give up the one run today and it beats you. It’s unfortunate. We got a lot of innings out of them today and they did a great job.”
Alex Rodriguez remained stuck on 659 career homers, going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts and hitting into a game-ending double play.
“Definitely, we had plenty of opportunities,” Rodriguez said. “You tip your cap to them, they threw the ball very well. You have to have a short memory, just delete, and enjoy the day off tomorrow and be ready to go Friday.”
This and that
- Dellin Betances appeared to limp off the field after the eighth inning, but the Yankees said that Betances just has a blister on his left big toe and it’s not expected to be an issue going forward.
- Since April 22, the Yankees bullpen has an 0.88 ERA (30.2 IP, 3 ER) and 38 strikeouts.
- Betances has struck out at least two batters without allowing a hit in each of his last six appearances, the longest streak by a Yankees reliever since at least 1914, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Betances has held batters hitless over a career-best 25 at-bat streak.
- The Yanks’ bullpen retired 14 straight after Pineda’s exit.
- Eight of Headley’s nine homers as a Yankee have come at Yankee Stadium.
Up next: Following an off-day on Thursday, the Yankees will begin their second road trip of the season on Friday as they travel to Fenway Park in Boston to open a three-game series against the Red Sox. CC Sabathia (0-4, 5.96 ERA) is expected to draw the start for New York, seeking his first victory in more than a calendar year.