CC Sabathia didn’t pitch well enough to finish off a series sweep for the Yankees, and the lineup’s contributions were too little, too late. A three-game stop at Tropicana Field came to a deflating end with an 8-3 Rays win. Alex Cobb stole the show, holding the Yankees to just five hits through 8.1 innings. He didn’t give up a run until Brett Gardner’s solo homer in the ninth. David Adams added a two-run double off the Rays bullpen, but the deficit was too great. Sabathia allowed seven hits through seven innings. He walked one and struck out five, numbers that don’t look bad if you ignore his seven runs. Of course, it’s the seven runs that matter. Weak hits and bad defense gave the Rays two runs in the second inning, but the other runs weren’t quite so cheap. Sean Rodriguez hit a line-drive, two-run homer in the third inning, and James Loney hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Seven runs were a season-high for Sabathia, who had allowed more than four only once this season. The Yankees were held to only one hit through the first six innings, and that one hit — an infield single by Jayson Nix — seemed to be a blown call at first base. New reliever David Huff made his Yankees debut with two walks and an RBI double in the eighth.
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