Rays 4, Yankees 3: New York Bullpen Falters Late In Frustrating Loss

On a day the New York Yankees welcomed back Alex Rodriguez to their lineup, the club fell to the Rays by a score of 4-3. The game was tied until late, but David Robertson was unable to keep Tampa Bay from scratching out a run in the eighth inning as New York lost their sixth game in 10 days.

The Rays held an early 2-0 lead heading into the fourth inning, but a sacrifice fly from Eric Chavez and RBI triple from Raul Ibanez tied it at 2-2. Russell Martin then drove home the go-ahead run with a sharp grounder that was deflected by starting pitcher James Shields.

Tampa Bay tied the score at 3-3 with a groundout from Evan Longoria in the fifth. The score held at 3-3 until the eighth inning when the Rays put two runners on with just one out. Chris Gimenez singled through the right side to plate Ryan Roberts.

The Yankees put a runner on third with two outs in the top of the ninth against closer Fernando Rodney, but Curtis Granderson struck out to end the threat.

The two clubs will meet again on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.

For more on the Yankees, check out Pinstripe Alley.

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