The Yankees lost to the Rays by a score of 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field. Luis Cessa got the start and was solid until the sixth inning, allowing two runs on four hits over 5 ⅓ innings while walking none and striking out three. Neil Walker got the Yankees on the board first in the second inning with a sacrifice fly to score Gleyber Torres. The score remained 1-0 until the sixth when Kevin Kiermaier connected on a two-run home run to right field to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.
CJ Cron hit a solo shot off of Jonathan Holder later in the inning to make it 3-1 Rays. Giancarlo Stanton pulled the Yankees to within one in the eighth, but were not able to complete the rally. Sergio Romo picked up the save for the Rays, pitching the eighth, playing third base for one batter while Jonny Venters retired Greg Bird for the first out of the ninth, and then nailed down the final two outs to end the game.
The Yankees are now 64-36 on the season, trailing the Red Sox for the division by 5 ½ games. They’ll be right back at it tomorrow night as they head home to open up a four-game series with the Royals. Sonny Gray will get the start looking to build off his solid start on Saturday against the Mets. He’ll go up against Jakob Junis who goes into Thursday with a 5-10 record and a 5.03 ERA. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET.