Jose Lobaton, Evan Longoria, Matt Joyce, and Ben Zobrist all made the Yankees starter’s night a living hell. Hiroki Kuroda (11-9) would be charged for all seven runs given up. Lobaton had a three-run bomb in the second inning with two outs. He scored again in the fourth inning for a total of three RBIs on the night.
Kuroda gave up back-to-back jacks to Longoria and Joyce in the bottom of the third to make it a 5-1 lead. That happened right after Ben Zobrist hit into a double play.
Zobrist made up for it leading off the bottom of the fifth with a home run.
It may have been shaky to start, but Rays starter Chris Archer (7-5) glides to his seventh win after giving up just two runs and four hits in seven innings, also fanning four.
The Yankees went just 1-6 with runners in scoring position, while the Rays were efficient in leaving just one player on base all night.