Cessa struggles, Yankee offense silent in 6-1 loss to Rays

The Yankees lost to the Rays on Wednesday night by a score of 6-1. Luis Cessna got the start for the Yankees and was not sharp, going only 3 1/2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four. Brandon Lowe got the Rays on the board first with an RBI single in the second to score Kevin Kiermaier. Miguel Andújar stayed hot with his nineteenth homer of the season to tie the game at one in the next frame.

An RBI force out by Ji-Man Choi to score Mallex Smith would give the Rays a 2-1 lead, and Kiermaier tacked on another run to score Matt Duffy and make it 3-1 Tampa. Smith connected on one for his second home run of the year in the top of the fourth, a two-run shot to make it 5-1 Rays. Lowe hit another RBI single in the fifth to score Choi, extending the lead to 6-1, and the Yankees would have no answer for the Rays pitching for the rest of the game, and the Rays held onto their five-run lead to win the second game of this three-game set.

The Yankees are now 75-45 on the season and fortunately did not lose anymore ground on Boston as they lost 7-4 to the Phillies. They’ll look to bounce back tomorrow in the series finale as Masahiro Tanaka will get the ball for the Yankees, looking to have a bounce-back start after getting roughed up by Texas last Friday. He’ll go up against Blake Snell, who is having a terrific season, boasting a 13-5 record and a 2.18 ERA. First pitch it set for 1:05 PM ET.


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