Rays Avoid Sweep, Head To Houston With A Win

Rays Road Losing Streak Ends At Nine

The Tampa Bay Rays scored three times in the second inning and held on to defeat the New York Yankees 3-1.

Wilmer Font gave the Rays more than they could ask for, holding the Yankees scoreless until his final pitch in the fifth inning. After 4.2-innings of scoreless baseball he allowed a homer to Aaron Hicks that cut the Rays lead to 3-1.

It was the longest outing of Font’s career (previous was 4.1-IP on 4/2/18 at Arizona). He also tied his career-high of 74 pitches (4/2/18 at Arizona).  The homer to Hicks was the first homer he has allowed as a starter this season.

Chaz Roe (1-1, 2.89 ERA) picks up the win and Sergio Romo worked the ninth for his third save. The Rays avoided the dreaded four game sweep and ended their road losing streak at nine in a row.  They improve to 33-38 on the season.

Tampa Bay is 1-3 on their current seven game road trip and are 5-11 in the month of June.

Rays’ ‘Pen Secures The Win:

Jose Alvarado followed Font and got the final out after walking Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius. He departed after allowing a leadoff single to Greg Bird in the sixth.

Chaz Roe erased Bird on an inning ending double play. He stayed in and held the Yankees scoreless in the seventh.

Diego Castillo worked a scoreless eighth and Sergio Romo held the Yankees at bay to pick up his third save of the season.

Up Next For The Rays:

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Tampa Bay will travel to Houston to take on the Astros for three starting Monday night at 8:10. Ryne Stanek (1-1, 2.55 ERA) will play the role of the opener for Tampa Bay.  Gerrit Cole (8-1, 2.40 ERA) toes the rubber for the Astros.

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