Bartolo Colon pitched well enough to earn his first victory since July 30th, but Rafael Soriano's lack of command lost him a chance of a win in St. Pete on Tuesday night.
Colon pitched into the sixth inning, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out just three. He made one big mistake, however, a flat fastball that Ben Zobrist sent into the right field seats to give the Rays an early 2-0 lead. Otherwise, he kept the Rays off the board.
The Yankees would eventually give him a lead, scoring behind Russell Martin's third inning homer, Curtis Granderson's run-scoring double-play ball, and Nick Swisher's RBI double in the sixth.
After Swisher's double, Jorge Posada was intentionally walked to set the Yankees up with bases loaded and no one out. But, Russell Martin would ground into a triple play to end the threat.
Cory Wade replaced Colon one out into the sixth and kept the Yankees lead at 3-2, but Soriano could not do the same. After walking B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria to start the seventh, Soriano served up a 1-0 pitch that Matt Joyce smoked just over the right field wall, giving the Rays a 5-3 lead that would hold until the last out.
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