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Yankees 5, Rays 6: Pitching struggles in loss

Adam Warren was okay, but the rest of the pitching had a pretty bad day as the Yankees lost to the Rays.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Warren got the start for the Yankees as he continues to try and win the fifth rotation spot. While he wasn't terrible, this wasn't his best outing of the spring. Yet, he had one of the better pitching outings for the Yankees today. Jose Ramirez and Chris Martin both struggled mightily as the Rays came away with a 6-5 win.

The Yankees opened the game's scoring in the second inning. After Rob Refsnyder walked, Slade Heathcott continued his hot spring with a double to score Refsnyder and make it 1-0.

That lead wouldn't last long as Evan Longoria led off the bottom of the second with a home run. He's good at baseball, I guess.

A few innings later, the Yankees would retake the lead. With one out in the inning, John Ryan Murphy reached with a single. Following a Refsnyder strikeout, Heathcott walked. Ramon Flores followed that with a double to score both runners and make it 3-1.

Warren was taken out in the bottom of the fourth. It wasn't the best outing for him, but it wasn't a complete disaster either. He went 3.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. He did strike out five, though.

Jose Ramirez came in and got the final out of the fourth. However, he struggled when he came back out for the fifth. Curt Casali led off the fifth for the Rays with a single. Steven Souza followed that with a walk and Brandon Guyer then singled to score Casali. Asdrubal Cabrera added another single, which scored Souza and tied the game. Ramirez got out of the inning after that, but the damage had been done.

The Yankees then lost the lead the next inning. Chris Martin came in to replace Ramirez and that didn't go well. Desmond Jennings led off the sixth with a home run off Martin. Kevin Kiermaier then singled and stole two bases during the next two at bats. A Martin wild pitch would allow Kiermaier to score and make it 5-3.

In the top of the seventh, the Yankees cut into the deficit. Flores led off the inning with a single before moving to second on a wild pitch during the next at bat. After Cole Figueroa grounded out, Didi Gregorius doubled to score Flores and make it 5-4.

However, the Rays would get that run right back in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Tim Beckham tripled off new Yankees' pitcher Danny Burawa. Jake Elmore then flew out for the second out of the inning, but it was deep enough for Beckham to tag up and score to make it 6-4.

Tyler Webb pitched the eighth inning for the Yankees and was fairly successful. He struck out two and only one runner reached against him, which was via a Refsnyder error.

Webb kept the Yankees in the game and allowed for the Yankees to attempt a comeback in the top of the ninth. With one out in the inning, Figueroa singled. He moved to second on defensive indifference during the next at bat and scored when Jake Cave singled. That brought Jonathan Galvez to the plate. Cave was thrown out trying to steal second and Galvez then popped one up. That was caught for the third out and the Rays came away with a 6-5 win.

Tomorrow sees the Yankees head to Clearwater to take on the Phillies at 1:00 PM eastern. Like today's game, it will not be shown on YES, but will be available on MLB.TV and on delay on MLB Network.

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