It was a night of long balls at the Trop, as the Rays went deep four times to silence the red hot Yankees and snap their five game win streak in a 7-2 victory in Tampa.
The quartet of bombs started with Jose Lobaton taking an off speed pitch racing down the line in right, bouncing high up off the foul pole to plate three runs and give the Rays a 3-1 lead in the second inning. As the next inning rolled around, so did the next home run as Evan Longoria put a solo shot in the left field seats, his 26th of the year. Shortly after Matt Joyce would put a deep home run into right field far above the head of Ichiro Suzuki.
The Rays would score their only run on a ball on the ground in the 5th inning in the form of a Jose Lobaton single up the middle, scoring David DeJesus to give the Rays a 6-1 lead. But that still wasn’t the end of their airborne offense, when just one inning later Ben Zobrist would hit a home run just clearing the right field wall, widening their lead to 7-1. This would be their last run of the game, but they made sure to score the seven in aerial fashion.
The Rays wouldn’t have been able to pick up this win and cool off the Yankees without the help of pitcher Chris Archer, who went seven innings, holding the Yankees to two runs on four hits while striking out four. Archer is now 7-5 and dropped his ERA to 2.93.
The Rays are now tied for first with the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. The Yankees have dropped to six games back in the divisional standings and 3.5 games back in the AL Wild Card race.