Sonny Gray deserved better. That’s been the case in quite a few of his starts since joining the Yankees, and again Tuesday night.
Receiving little run support, Gray made just a couple of mistakes, but they cost him in a 2-1 loss to the Rays in front of 21,024 at Citi Field. Adeiny Hechavarria blasted a first-pitch Gray fastball to left-center to snap a 1-1 tie with one out in the eighth inning.
The Yankees (78-65) had their three-game winning streak snapped and fell four games behind the first-place Red Sox in the AL East. Boston routed the A’s, 11-1, at Fenway Park.
The other run Gray allowed was a leadoff homer by Kevin Kiermaier in the first. Gray (9-10, 3.17) allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings and struck out nine. He’s 3-5 with a 2.66 ERA in eight starts with the Yankees,
Rays lefthander Blake Snell, 3-0 with a 3.16 ERA his last six starts, allowed one run and two hits in five innings plus. Four relievers closed it out, with Alex Colome pitching a perfect ninth for his 44th save.
The Yankees, who had three hits, did score first. Aaron Judge drew a one-out walk in the first and went to second on Gary Sanchez’s groundout. Matt…
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