Evan Longoria celebrates with teammates after hitting a homer against the Yankees. Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
With two homeruns for the evening, Evan Longoria lifted the Rays to an 8-3 victory over the New York Yankees in the first game of a four game series at Yankee Stadium.
The Rays quickly took the lead as Wil Myers scored the Rays’ first run of the night in the second inning off of New York’s Andy Pettitte. After his last outing against the Kansas City Royals was rough, Matt Moore took the mound, looking to overcome the previous loss. Although he began the third inning by giving up a leadoff walk to Chris Stewart, Moore threw three strikeouts by the fifth inning. The Rays went on to score two runs in the third inning, which was significant for Longoria because he recorded his 500th career RBI in the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Longoria continued to kick things into high gear for the Rays in the top of the sixth inning as he hit his first homerun of the night with a solo shot to right field. The bottom of the inning proved to be crucial for the Yankees, as former Rays shortstop Reid Brignac leadoff with a single, Moore walked the next two batters, and Brignac scored off of Moore’s wild pitch to Robinson Cano. With the Rays ahead 4-3, they added to their lead with an RBI single from Sean Rodriguez in the seventh inning.
However, Longoria struck again with another single run homer off of Pettitte in the eighth inning, prompting the Yankees to later replace Pettitte with reliever Joba Chamberlain. Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar went on to hit a two run homerun off of Chamberlain later in the inning, giving the Rays a strong 8-3 lead.
The bottom of the ninth proved to be a struggle for reliever Kyle Farnsworth, though, as he gave up a single and later walked Lyle Overbay with a runner at third base. But, the inning ended in a strong double play for the Rays, who kept the Yankees from scoring.
In his first win in over a month, Moore gave up three runs, three walks, and threw four strikeouts in 6.1 innings. The lefty also threw the key wild pitch. Overall, the Rays’ pitching staff had only five strikeouts against 4 walks against New York. But at the end of the day, Moore managed his best outing and far too long and you have to hope it will be something he can build off of.