Yankees 6, Rays 10: Soriano doesn't help

Jared Wickerham

This one got away in a hurry. Alfonso Soriano's return to the New York Yankees was ruined by that terrible, no good, very bad CC Sabathia after he gave up seven runs on nine hits after walking three batters and striking out six over five innings. In the second inning, CC gave up six runs on six hits and a walk and then gave up another run in the fifth inning before leaving the game. All nine Rays batters got a hit off Sabathia.

Adam Warren took over from there and he didn't fair much better. He threw a scoreless first inning, but in the seventh inning he surrendered a three-run home run to James Loney to make it 10–1. Warren gave up three runs on three hits, three walks and two strikeouts in four innings.

It wasn't even a matter of being shut down by a good pitcher. Jeremy Hellickson only threw 57 strikes out of 102 total pitches and struck out three batters. He loaded the bases in the third inning and let two reach in the fourth, but only gave up one run. New York's offense came in the form of Austin Romine, who has suddenly started hitting with a .467/.500/.733 batting line since July 11. He singled in a run in the third inning to move his season batting average to above the Mendoza line. Brett Gardner (2), Lyle Overbay, and Brent Lillibridge (2) singled while Robinson Cano, Eduardo Nunez, and Romine collected a walk each and that was it for the starting lineup.

The subs came in and did a better job than the regulars. Melky Mesa hit the team's first extra base hit in the eighth with a double and came around to score on a David Adams single. Chris Stewart then drove in a run of his own with a double. In the ninth inning Lillibridge and Gardner each collected their second hits of the night, Romine walked, and Melky Mesa scored a run on a single off a diving Ben Zobrist's glove. Adams hit an RBI-single to make it 10–5 and Soriano grounded into a force-out with the bases loaded to score a run before their comeback attempt fell short at six runs.

In Soriano's return to the Yankees he went hitless in five at-bats where he flied out with the bases loaded in the third inning and grounded into a force-out with the bases loaded in the ninth. he scored a run and collected an RBI, but ended up leaving a total of six runners on base.

With this win the Rays move into first place in the AL East and the Yankees stay in fourth place.

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