On a handful of early mistakes, the Rays were stunningly efficient and CC Sabathia was simply stunned. A four-run first inning opened the door to a 5-1 Rays win in tonight’s series opener at Tropicana Field. Sabathia struck out his first hitter and went ahead 0-and-2 against the second. Through six pitches, his outing was nearly perfect, but his seventh pitch was Ryan Roberts’ first home run. Then came three straight two-out hits — in a span of five pitches – capped by a two-run homer by Yunel Escobar. Two innings later, Roberts went deep again. Nevermind that Sabathia ultimately pitched seven innings without allowing another run — allowing just one of his final 18 batters to reach second base – that four-run first was far too much against Matt Moore, who allowed two hits through eight innings. Robinson Cano’s home run was the only damage the Yankees lineup could do.
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