For a while there, it seemed CC Sabathia was back on track. But when the big man went off the rails again, he took the Yankees with him in a deflating 4-2 loss to the Rays tonight at Tropicana Field. Sabathia allowed just two base runners through the first five innings, but when four in a row reached base to start the sixth, a lead was blown and the Yankees were on their way to a second straight loss. A bloop single and four-pitch walk set the stage for Ben Zobrist’s game-tying, two-run double. Evan Longoria followed with a sharp single to put the Rays in front. Sabathia struck out the next two batters, but the damage was done, and the Rays added a solo homer off Preston Claiborne in the eighth. The game was still scoreless when Austin Romine drew a nine-pitch, bases-loaded walk in the fifth. On the very next at-bat, Romine avoided being tagged out — which would started an inning-ending double play — effectively giving the Yankees an insurance run with his base running savvy. But the lead was short-lived, and the Yankees now need a win tomorrow to avoid a series sweep.
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