Rays lose ‘home’ game to the Yankees, 5-1

by Gary Shelton on September 12, 2017 · 0 comments

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Hechavarria just missed the cycle Mondaly night./CARMEN MANDATO

Hechavarria just missed the cycle Mondaly night./CARMEN MANDATO

Tuesday, 3 a.m.

For the Tampa Bay Rays, this was noplace like home.

The Rays, technically the home team in their matchup against the New York Yankees at Citi Field Monday night (usually the home of the New York Mets), were treated rudely in a 5-1 loss. They went 0-for-nine with runners in scoring position, and the Yankees scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning.

Jake Odorizzi, the Rays' starting pitcher, entered the fourth inning with a 1-0 lead. However, he gave up five runs (only one earned) and was chased from the game.

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Odorizzi struggled in the fourth inning./CARMEN MANDATO

Odorizzi struggled in the fourth inning./CARMEN MANDATO

He gave up a walk and a single, then a sacrifice fly. With two outs, Trevor Plouffe had an error and Jacobi Ellworth reached on catcher's interference. Todd Frazier then hit a three-run homer, his 24th of the season, and it was over.

“I thought Odo looked good his first three innings of work,” Rays' manager Kevin Cash said. “The leadoff walk … it just doesn't work out when that happens. Still, we had a guly on first with one out. We should be able to get out of that inning.”

Maybe. But Odorizzi has given up a home run this year in 21 of his 24 starts.

The Rays drew 15,327 fans to their home-away-from-home game. They have drawn 15,309 at home this year – last in the majors.

The Rays had gone ahead 1-0 when Adeiny Hechavarria tripled with Lucas Duda on base.

Tampa Bay is now four games behind in the AL Wild-Card chase, behind six teams.

Tonight, Blake Snell pitches for the Rays against Sonny Gray. Game time is 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

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