The Yankees had a 5-1 lead and a good performance out of A.J. Burnett going into the 6th inning and then it all disappeared as the Rays scored five runs that inning as they lost the first game of a two game series in Florida 6-5.
Eduardo Nunez drove in two in the 2nd and Curtis Granderson picked up a three-run homer in the 5th as the Yankees established a lead early. Things were looking good too, but then Burnett tired and it was 2010 all over again. Sam Fuld picked up a two-run home run that started the rally which was capped off by a B.J. Upton two-run shot that put the Rays ahead.
THE SLUMP GETS WORSE: The Yankees have now dropped six in a row and have lost 10 of their last 13 going back to May 3rd.
AL EAST STANDINGS: It’s a close division that has gotten a lot closer. The Yankees dropped to three behind the Rays and are currently tied with both the Red Sox and the Blue Jays.
WHERE’S POSADA?: Posada did not play again Monday night making it the third game in a row he has sat out including the game he refused to play in on Saturday.
FARNSWORTHLESS: Kyle Farnsworth got the save for Tampa Monday night and he’s actually having a good season as the Rays closer. His best pitch these days is a cutter that he didn’t have when he was with the Yankees. It seems that at the age of 35 he’s finally put things together.
UP NEXT: The Yankees and Rays are back at it again in the final game of the short series. Ivan Nova (3-3, 4.70 ERA) will take on Big Game James Shields (4-1, 2.08 ERA) as the Yankees try to avoid their second consecutive sweep at the hands of division rivals.