Sonny Gray pitched eight strong innings, but the Yankees' offense was only able to generate one run in a 2-1 loss to the Rays at Citi Field on Tuesday. >> Box score
The Yankees quickly scored the game's first run when Matt Holliday's RBI double plated Aaron Judge in the first inning, but New York's bats went dormant from there on out. Brett Gardner, Holliday, and Chase Headley each had one hit to sum up a quiet night at the plate for New York. Aaron Judge struck out three times, while Holliday and Starlin Castro struck out twice.
Gray needed just 94 pitches to get through eight innings in a game when the Yankees never had to turn to the bullpen. Yet, he suffered his 10th loss of the season after allowing the game's decisive home run to Adeiny Hechavarria in the eighth inning.
After allowing a run in the first, Rays starter Blake Snell recovered and pitched four consecutive scoreless innings. Steve Cishek, Dan Jennings, Tommy Hunter, and Alex Colome combined to pitch four scoreless innings to secure the win for the Rays.
Poor Sonny Gray.
The Yankees simply cannot score runs when he is on the mound. Including tonight's outing, Gray has pitched to a 2.66 ERA in 50 2/3 innings (eight starts) since coming to New York and he's been able to win just three games. After Gray allowed a leadoff homer and a then a double to start the game, he shut down the Rays until the eighth inning when he threw a first-pitch fastball that was ambushed by Hechavarria. It's Gray's third start as a Yankee in which he has struck out nine batters.
Meanwhile, the Yankees could only manage three hits on the night, one of which was the RBI-double by Holliday in the first inning. The Yankees had been scoring a fair share of runs over the last several games, but tonight they only needed a few to back their pitcher and couldn't muster them up.
The Yankees and Rays will wrap up their series at Citi Field on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. Jaime Garcia (5-9, 4.43 ERA) will take on Chris Archer (9-9, 4.00 ERA).