With the Red Sox beating the Orioles in Boston, the Yankees were primed to take over first in the AL East. But those well-laid plans were foiled by the Rays, who avoided a sweep by beating the Yankees 7-3.
CC Sabathia was dominant at times, striking out 12 and throwing 82 of his 121 pitches for strikes. But the Rays scored five runs on seven hits off him in seven innings. Two of the runs were unearned thanks to Alex Rodriguez’s throwing error in the third.
The Yankees also saw their bases-loaded slump deepen. Rays starter David Price struck out Rodriguez on an epic 11-pitch at-bat and then got Robinson Cano on a weak ground ball to end the inning. It dropped the Yankees to just 10 for 62 (.161) this season with the bases loaded.
Curtis Granderson had perhaps his worst game as a Yankee. He went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts and a ground out to the pitcher.