The Yankees' bullpen had not given up a run in it's seven previous games entering tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. That streak ended in the 7th inning Friday night when the Rays tallied three runs against the Yankees' bullpen to take a 6-5 lead late in the game, one which they would not give in their 11-5 win over the Bombers at Tropicana Field.
The bullpen, in all, ended up allowing eight runs 2.1 innings.
Jacoby Ellsbury picked up two more hits and his 8th stolen base in the game, but it was not enough for the Yankees to avoid snapping their five-game winning streak.
Hiroki Kuroda was able to keep the Rays off the board until giving up a pair of runs in the 4th inning on a James Loney double that cut the lead to 4-2, and was not able to get out of the 6th inning before Will Myers singled to drive in Tampa's third run of the game.
The Yankees took a 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning when recent call-up Scott Sizemore hit a bases clearing to deep center field to score three runs. Brian McCann and Yangervis Solarte singled back-to-back to open the inning, then Kelly Johnson ripped a shot down the first base line that was knocked down by Loney to load the bases. Sizemore was the next batter to face starter Erik Bedard, and he lined a double into center field to bring home all three runners.
Ichiro Suzuki -- starting in the outfield over Carlos Beltran, who sat out the game with a sore right wrist and shoulder -- then reached on a bunt singled, and Brett Gardner grounded into a fielder's choice to bring home Sizemore from 3rd base and make it a 4-0 game.
Bedard eventually left the game after 3.2 innings, permitting four runs on six hits, while waking one and striking out three.
The Rays were only able to collect one hit against Kuroda through the first three innings, sending the minimum nine batters to the plate. After setting down the first two batters in the 4th inning, Kuroda issued a walk to Matt Joyce, gave up a single to Evan Longoria, then Loney doubled to score both runners.
Kuroda ran into some more trouble in the 6th after a three up, three down 5th inning. Joyce and Longoria, again, singled with one out to put runners on 1st and 2nd, then after a Loney fly out for the second out of the inning, Myers singled to left-center field to plate Joyce, cutting the lead to just one run, 4-3.
That's where Kuroda's night ended. He was credited with three
Alfonso Soriano singled home Ellsbury in the 7th inning after he singled and stole second base, but the Yankees' would not hold the two-run lead for very long.
David Phelps gave up an inning-opening single, then left the game after taking a Ryan Hanigan line drive off his forearm. Matt Thornton came in a put a couple of runners on, then Adam Warren was welcomed to the game by a Desmond Jennings single, 5-4 game. A few batters later, it was Loney again who singled home two runs to give the Rays a 6-5 lead.
Things only got worse from there, as the Rays would go on to score five more runs in the 8th inning.
Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homerun off Warren. Brandon Guyer hit an RBI singled off Cesar Cabral, who also gave up a two-run single to Myers. Cabral was ejected from the game by umpire Joe West after hitting three batters in the inning.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said after his team's loss Thursday night that it was one of those games that happens to everybody, and you just have to throw it away and come back out the next day ready to compete. That's exactly what this was for the Yankees tonight.
Ivan Nova takes the mound for the Yankees Saturday night, when the Yanks and Rays play the third of four games at The Trop.