The Yankees lost their third game in a row on Monday night, falling to the Rays 4-3 in 12 innings. Chris Archer started the game for the Rays and went 7 strong innings giving up 2 runs off 5 hits. David Phelps went 5 and 2/3 innings for the Yankees giving up 2 runs off 4 hits.
Matt Joyce got it all started in the 1st inning by hitting a solo home run with 2 outs. Kevin Kiermaier followed that up in the 3rd inning with a solo shot of his own. The Yankees answered in the bottom of the 3rd with an RBI triple from Brett Gardner and an RBI groundout from Derek Jeter.
The game remained knotted at 2 until the 8th inning when Ryan Hanigan hit a single up the middle off of David Robertson with 2 outs scoring Brandon Guyer. The Rays held that lead until the bottom of the 9th inning when Joel Peralta tried to close it out, but Brian Roberts drove a low and inside pitch over the right field wall and tied the game at 3.
Shawn Kelley saved the Yankees in extras by shutting the Rays down with bases loaded and 1 out. But in the 12th inning Logan Forsythe drove in Guyer and the Rays took a 4-3 lead. The Yankees could not get anything going in the bottom half of the 12th as Brad Boxberger shut things down. Boxberger got the win and Jose Ramirez got the lost in the 4 hour and 35 minute game.
The Yankees look to shake this one off and focus on what should be a tough game tomorrow with David Price expected to be the starting pitcher. At this point in the season, the AL East is wide open so if the Yankees want to gain some momentum now is the time.