The New York Yankees lost to the Tampa Bay Rays by the score of 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. Ivan Nova was called back up from AAA and made the start. Nova pitched well and the pen was OK. The Yankees offense didn’t do much at all throughout the game.
Nova pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up three runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out seven. Nova lost his second game of the season, Shawn Kelley walked the only batter that he faced, Boone Logan gave up a hit and Joba Chamberlain pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and striking out one. Preston Claiborne pitched an inning walking two and striking out one.
Brett Gardner had three hits, Ichiro Suzuki had a hit and Robinson Cano had an RBI and drew a walk. Travis Hafner had a hit, Zoilo Almonte had two hits and Gardner hit a double and Almonte hit two doubles. The Yankees were 0-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Suzuki had a stolen base and Romine had a passed ball.
Chris Archer won his second game of the season pitching six innings. Archer gave up six hits and a run with a walk and four strikeouts. Jake McGee pitched an inning giving up a hit and struck out one, Joel Peralta pitched a perfect inning and Fernando Rodney saved his 15th game of the season. He pitched a perfect inning with three strikeouts.
Matt Joyce had a hit, Desmond Jennings had a hit and Ben Zobrist had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk and was hit by a pitch. Evan Longoria drew two walks, James Loney had three hits, two RBI and drew a walk and Will Myers had a hit. Kelly Johnson drew a walk; Jose Molina had two hits and drew a walk. The Rays were 2-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. Molina had a stolen base and Johnson committed an error.
Zobrist hit an RBI single in the first giving Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first Cano hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one. In the seventh Loney hit a two run single to make it a 3-1 game and that was the final score.
The teams split the four game series. The Yankees record dropped to 41-34 and the Rays record improved to 39-37. The Yankees have the day off on Monday and then begin a three game series with the Texas Rangers at home on Tuesday night.