Rays end Yanks win streak at 6

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS - By Ron­ald Blum

NEW YORK » Corey Dick­er­son hit a go-ahead, two-run sin­gle in a three-run third, and the Tampa Bay Rays’ bullpen al­lowed one hit over five score­less in­nings in a 5-3 win over the New York Yan­kees on Sun­day that sal­vaged the fi­nale of a four-game se­ries.

Ser­gio Romo, Dan Jen­nings, Steve Cishek and Tommy Hunter pitched hit­less re­lief af­ter rookie Ja­cob Faria started just four of 20 bat­ters with strikes and got only 12 outs on his 24th birth­day.

Cishek (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 in­nings, and Colome got three outs for his 30th save in 35 chances. Brett Gard­ner sin­gled with one out in the ninth, ad­vanced on a wild pitch and Clint Fra­zier walked. Colome then re­tired Aaron Judge on a fly­out and Matt Hol­l­i­day on a ground­out.

Tampa Bay, which had been 0-6 at Yan­kee Sta­dium this year, won de­spite strik­ing out 16 times. The Rays had lost eight of their pre­vi­ous 10 games.

Ron­ald Tor­reyes home­red and drove in a ca­reer­high three RBIs for the Yan­kees, who had won six straight and eight of nine.

Judge went 0 for 3 with two strike­outs and a walk, leav­ing the AL home-run leader with a .158 av­er­age (9 for 57) with 25 strike­outs since win­ning the All-Star Home Run Derby. New York was 1 for 11 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.

Faria gave up three runs and three hits in four in­nings with eight strike­outs.

New York’s Jor­dan Mont­gomery (7-6) was marginally more medi­ocre. He started just six of 16 bat­ters with strikes and al­lowed four runs and six hits in 2 2/3 in­nings.

Yan­kees catcher Austin Romine was hit on the throat by a foul off the bat of Adeiny Hechavar­ria, hit on the back of his hel­met by Steven Sousa Jr.’s back­swing and then on left hand by a Cishek pitch in sixth. New York said X-rays were neg­a­tive and Romine sus­tained a bruise.

Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI sin­gle in the first that stopped an 0-for-16 slide, but Tor­reyes’ two-run homer in the sec­ond put the Yan­kees ahead. Tampa Bay took a 4-2 lead in the third on Dick­er­son’s two-run sin­gle and Wil­son Ramos’ RBI sin­gle. Tor­reyes reached for a ball nearly in the dirt and hit a run-scor­ing dou­ble in the fourth.

Tampa Bay es­caped a sec­ond-and-third, no-outs jam in the fifth when Romo struck out Judge and re­tired Hol­l­i­day on a pop to short right, and Jen­nings got Didi Gre­go­rius on a ground­out.

New York loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, and Cishek got Brett Gard­ner to ground into a force­out at the plate be­fore re­tir­ing Fra­zier on a fly­out.

Tampa Bay left the bases full in the sev­enth, and pinch-hit­ter Lo­gan Mor­ri­son was hop­ping mad. Chasen Shreve struck out Dick­er­son for the sec­ond out, Chad Green re­lieved, and Mor­ri­son jumped with both feet in anger af­ter plate um­pire Lance Barks­dale called a third strike on a pitch at the knees on the in­side cor­ner.

Souza boosted the lead with an RBI dou­ble against Green in the eighth.

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