Offense Breaks Out As Rays Get Rare Win In New York

Win Gives Rays Shot At Series Win In The Bronx

The Tampa Bay Rays banged out 11 hits en route to a 6-1 win over the New York Yankees.

Ryan Yarbrough (11-5, 4.01 ERA) picks up the win working four scoreless innings. He allowed two hits while striking out three and walking none. It’s just the Rays second win in eight tries in New York this season. The win evens the season series with New York at 7-7.  Tampa Bay improves to 61-59 on the season.

Jake Faria started the game and worked 3.1-innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out two and walking two.

Chaz Roe took over with 2-on and 1-out in the fourth and promptly hit Neil Walker on a 1-2 pitch to load the bases. He came back to strike out Austin Romine for the second out and retired Ronald Torreyes on a ground ball to third. Torreyes was originally ruled safe but the call was overturned on replay.

Roe hadn’t pitched since July 6th in New York when he allowed a walk-off Grand Slam to Jose Bautista of the Mets.  After that game Roe was placed on the disabled list and subsequently underwent knee surgery.

Luis Cessa (1-3, 5.60 ERA) takes the loss for New York who fall to 75-45 on the season. Their only run came on a solo homer by Miguel Andujar in the second inning. It was his 19th homer of the season.

Smith Powers Up, Offense Wakes Up:

Mallex Smith led the way with a 3-hit game including his second home run on the year.  He was one of four Rays that had multi-hit games: Ji-Man Choi, Kevin Kiermaier, and Brandon Lowe each had a pair of hits.

Lowe First Hit, First RBI:

Brandon Lowe entered the game hitless in 19 at-bats (3 walks) and had struck out seven times.  He finally got the monkey off his back blooping an opposite field RBI single in the second inning to drive in Kevin Kiermaier. He added another RBI single in the fifth.

Pham Close To Return:

Tommy Pham went on the  disabled list with a broken foot on August 3rd. He is close to returning as he played six innings in left field for the Rays Class A affiliate Hudson Valley Renegades and finished going 3-for-4 with a homer.  He will be activated in advance of tomorrow afternoon’s game.

Up Next For Rays:

Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins
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Tampa Bay will look for the series win in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon at 1:05.  Blake Snell (13-5, 2.18 ERA) takes the mound for the Rays. New York counters with Masahiro Tanaka 9-3, 4.08 ERA).