The Rays pitching staff is not a secret. The Yankees weren’t caught off guard by facing three excellent starting pitchers this week, but that doesn’t mean the Yankees were able to do much against them. Tonight it was second-year starter Alex Cobb who held the Yankees to just three hits through 8.1 innings in a 3-0 Rays win. In the three-game series, the Yankees managed just one extra-base hit. In two of the games, they were held to total of six hits. Tonight’s lack of offense left Andy Pettitte with his first loss of the season, despite another solid start. The game was remarkably uneventful until the bottom of the fifth when Pettitte plunked Jose Molina, and Brennan Boesch misplayed a rolling single to put runners at second and third with no outs. Back-to-back strikeouts put Pettitte on the verge of a great escape, but Ben Zobrist ultimately ripped a two-out, two-run double to right-center field. Sean Rodriguez then led off the sixth with a solo homer to deep center field, and that was far too much for the Yankees, who head home having split the six games on this road trip.
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