The Yankees division lead is gone. After tonight’s 5-2 loss to the Rays, the Yankees have fallen into a first-place tie with Baltimore. It’s the first time since June 12 that the Yankees haven’t had sole possession of first place, a streak of 84 consecutive days alone at the top that was the franchise’s longest such streak since 2004. It ended with a blown lead in St. Petersburg where Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the first inning only to have the Rays hit three home runs of their own. Evan Longoria’s two-run shot put the Rays in front in the third inning, then Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton hit back-to-back homers in the fifth. Freddy Garcia took the loss, allowing all five Rays runs through 5.1 innings.
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