Rays Struggles In Bronx Continue, Shutout By Yankees

Loss Extends Rays Road Losing Streak To Eight

The New York Yankees used a quinte of pitchers to shutout the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Friday night.

Jonathan Loaisiga (1-0, 0.00 ERA) picked up his first big league win in his first career start as the Yankees improve to 45-20 on the season.

Loaisiga worked five scoreless innings holding the Rays to just three hits while striking out six and walking none. Jonathan Holder, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, and Adam Warren each worked a scoreless inning to preserve the shutout.

The win improves the Yankes to a ML best 25-10 at Yankee Stadium this season. They are 12-2 against the Rays at home since the beginning of the 2017 season.

The loss drops the Rays back to 5-games under the .500 mark at 32-37. Nathan Eovaldi (1-2, 4.63) entered the eighth inning after allowing just 2-runs over the first seven frames. He allowed 1-out back to back singles to open the inning and issued an intentional walk before departing. Jonny Venters got the second out but was burned by Didi Gregorius whose single skipped passed a diving Johnny Field to clear the bases.

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Tampa Bay is 0-2 on their current seven-game road trip and are 4-11 over their past 15 games. They have lost eight straight road games. It’s their longest streak since dropping 11 in a row from June 20 through July 18, 2016.

The Rays are 0-4 against the Yankees this season and have been outscored 27-9 in those games. They are 10-23 in their last 33 games versus the Yankees and 4-17 in their last 21 at Yankee Stadium.

Up Next For The Rays:

Tampa Bay will look to get things trending in a positive direction but it won’t be easy. The Yankees trot their ace Luis s Severino (9-2, 2.27 ERA).  The Rays counter with opener Ryne Stanek (1-1, 2.76 ERA).

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