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Rays fall to Yankees; lose back-to-back games for the first time this season

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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.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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