The Tampa Bay Rays came within three outs of a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
After impressive 4-0 and 3-1 wins over the Yankees Monday and Tuesday, the Rays bullpen ran out of gas in an extra inning 8-7 loss on Wednesday night.
This was a game where the Rays built a 4-0 lead in the sixth before the Yankees started their comeback. The Yankees scored two in the bottom of the sixth, one in the seventh, and one in the eighth to tie the game 4-4.
It stayed that way till the top half of the tenth inning when the Rays loaded the bases. Francisco Meija came to bat with two outs, swung and missed the first two pitches, and then delivered a bases-loaded double over first base to clear the bases and give the Rays a 7-4 lead.
Jalen Beeks came on to pitch in the tenth inning, loaded the bases, and Josh Donaldson hit a grand slam, and that was your ball game as the Yankees beat the Rays 8-7.
Before the bullpen imploded in the 8-7 loss, the bullpen had gone over 14 innings without allowing a run.
The loss stopped the Ray’s four-game winning streak.
With the loss, the Rays are 62-54, tied with Toronto for second place in the American League East, ten games behind the Yankees.
The Rays are one game ahead of Minnesota for the third and final wildcard spot.
Jalen Beeks took the loss for the Rays and was disappointed in the outcome. “It sucks. We’re up three. You want to come through for the team. We played a really hard game. And then just to come down to me, and I can’t get three outs, it’s always frustrating. That’s on me. I lost the game.”
Harold Ramirez was back for the Rays and hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season.
It was also a big night for Yandy Diaz, who tied a season-high three RBI. Diaz had an RBI double in the third and a two-run double in the fifth.
Manuel Margot could be back for the Rays this weekend. However, he will continue his rehab at Durham for the next few games.
Wander Franco had a setback in his rehab. Franco had some soreness in his right hand and was pulled from the game Tuesday in the fifth inning. Franco did not play in the game on Wednesday. He will take the next few days off before continuing his rehab at Durham.
The Rays were hoping to activate Franco next week, but that seems unlikely now.
With the Kansas City Royals in town for a four-game set, the team has called up Luis Patino from Durham to make the start tonight. Patino has struggled and been inconsistent this season with an 0-1 record with a 6.75 ERA.
Shane McClanahan and Drew Rasmussen will pitch for the Rays on Friday and Saturday.