Rays blast Yankees for 30th victory

by Gary Shelton on May 12, 2023

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Friday, 4 a.m.

Drew Rasmussen brought the arm. Josh Lowe brought the stick. And the Tampa Bay Rays looked hot again.

The Rays drubbed the New York Yankees 8-0 Thursday night, running away in the second half of the game to win their 30th game of the season.

Rasmussen, 4-2, was superb. He threw seven innings and allowed only two hits and no runs. He struck out seven and dominated the high-priced Yankees.

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If Rasmussen wasn't enough, however, Lowe started the offense going, driving in five runs on a bases-loaded double and a two-run homer.

The game was scoreless until the fifth when Yandy Diaz doubled home Lowe, who had reached on an error.

Lowe's two-out double cleared the bases in the fifth to give the Rays a 4-0 lead.

Wander Franco had two hits for the Rays until leaving with neck tightness. Lowe and Luke Raley also had two hits.

The Yankees were stymied util the ninth, when Gleyber Torres singled in two runs off of Javier Guerra.

The Rays plan a bullpen day for tonight's (7:05 p.m.) game against the Yankees. New York will start Gerrit Cole.

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