When the Rays scored their runs tonight, they did it by stringing together singles, or by getting back-to-back doubles, or by hitting home runs. When the Yankees scored their runs, they did it on a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly and a routine ground ball. Another night without big hits was another loss for the Yankees, this one 8-3 in their series opener against the Rays. The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs and the middle of the order coming to the plate in the sixth inning. They got three runs out of it, but they got them without any of their Nos. 3, 4 or 5 hitters actually getting a hit. If there’s a such thing as a disappointing three-run inning, that was it. Instead of pulling even or taking the lead, the Yankees only pulled within a run, 4-3, only to have the Rays score again the very next inning, and again on a pair of home runs in the eighth. Andy Pettitte allowed five runs through 6.2 innings. He’s allowed at least four runs in three of four starts since coming off the disabled list, and he’s allowed a total of 20 hits in his past two starts. Of the Rays 14 hits tonight, half went for extra bases, including two home runs by Evan Longoria and one by Yunel Escobar. Of the Yankees six hits, five were singles and none were RBIs.
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