The Tampa Bay Rays are suffering their first losing streak of the season.
The Rays fell to 5-4 and to third place in the AL East, losing an 8-4 decision to the New York Yankees. In back-to-back games, the Rays have given up 16 runs.
The Rays were particularly sloppy Wednesday, blowing a 3-0 lead, committing two errors and having two runners thrown out trying to stretch singles into doubles. Rays’ starter Blake Snell went only 4 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits. Jumbo Diaz gave up three runs out of the bullpen and took the loss.
“Certainly, we have to play cleaner games,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash.
Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer to get the Rays off to a good start, but New York came back with two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and two in the seventh.
The Rays conclude their series against New York tonight at Yankee Stadium.