The Tampa Bay Rays played The Texas Rangers on October 4, 2011. The Rays ended their AL wild-card streak, losing 4-3.
The Tampa Bay Rays play the Texas Rangers for Game 2 in Texas! Final score: 6-8 (Texas)
The Rays beat the New York Yankees to clinch a playoff spot in the 2011 playoffs!
By: John Mamola
Two ejections, six pitchers, and two errors ends in the New York Yankees taking two of three from the Tampa Bay Rays with a 6-4 win on Sunday afternoon. The Rays fell behind as the Yankees put up five runs in the third inning and simply could not recover.
Matt Moore came into the game getting the loss in each of his last three starts, and made it four for four on Sunday. The Yankees got to Moore in the third inning drawing a lead off walk by Eduardo Nunez setting up Derek Jeter for another RBI single to make it 1-0 New York. Jeter had the key RBI single in yesterday’s 5-3 win for the Yankees.
Following a Nick Swisher sacrifice bunt, Alex Rodriguez came through with an RBI single of his own to make it 2-0 New York. Rodriguez then advanced to second on a wild pitch by Moore to Robinson Cano, who drew a walk three pitches later. Russell Martin delivered the big blow for the Yankees with a three run home run to make it 5-0 Yankees.
Ben Zobrist got the Rays offense on the board in the next inning with a lead off home run in the fourth to make it 5-1 New York. However an Alex Rodriguez sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame got the run back for the Yankees extending their lead to 6-1.
Matt Moore’s afternoon ended after four innings in which he allowed five runs on three hits with four walks and the same amount of strikeouts.
The Rays offense did battle back in the sixth inning putting three runs up on Hiroki Kuroda on an Evan Longoria two RBI single and a Matt Joyce ground out double play which scored Ben Zobrist but stalled the momentum the Rays had built.
“You know the big play there is Matty’s at-bat because if Matt Joyce could really do something in that moment that could really turn the game back in our favor. Double play takes the momentum away from us and puts it back in their dugout,” Rays’ Manager Joe Maddon said.
In the end it wasn’t enough as the Rays drop two of three to the Yankees and now find themselves five back in the division, and 3 ½ back in the wild card with 16 games to play.
Joe Maddon was ejected in the third inning after arguing warnings to both teams following Matt Moore’s second wild pitch in the third inning. Matt Joyce was ejected after arguing a strike three call which ended the top of the eighth inning.
The Rays will return home for a seven game home stand which begins with four against the Boston Red Sox tomorrow night. Alex Cobb will take the mound against Aaron Cook for the Red Sox. Catch all the action on 620am WDAE beginning at 7:00pm.