Freddy Garcia pitched well in his return to the rotation, but blown opportunities cost the Yankees in tonight’s 4-3 loss to the Rays. Called on to get the last out of the seventh, Dave Robertson let the Rays tie the game on Brooks Conrad’s RBI double. The Rays then took the lead a batter later when Mark Teixeira misplayed a sharp bouncing ball along the first-base line. The Yankees hit into three double plays and blew a pair of one run leads, including when Garcia gave up Carlos Pena’s game-tying home run in the seventh. Joe Girardi had lefty specialist Clay Rapada getting loose but chose to stick with Garcia. All told, Garcia allowed two runs through 5.1 innings. He was one out away from his longest start of the season, and it was certainly his best start.
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