Two homers doom Gray at Citi Field

Ross Houston
September 13, 2017

The Tampa Bay area did not receive the direct hit that was feared from Irma, and Tropicana Field could re-open in time for the Rays to host the Boston Red Sox as scheduled on Friday.

Tampa Bay has split the first two games of the set played at the New York Mets' park. Rays RHP Nathan Eovaldi (Tommy John surgery) tossed a flawless inning for Double-A Montgomery on Sunday in his first game action since last August. This win pulled the Yankees within 3 games of the Red Sox in the AL East and gave them a 4-game lead in the AL Wild Card standings. Tampa Bay are 10-2 in their last 12 Tuesday games and the over is 6-2 in Tampa Bay last 8 during game 2 of a series while the under is 13-6 in Tampa Bay last 19 home games.

"We're the home team". Alex Colome earned his major-league-leading 44th save with a flawless ninth.

"I know this is a very special day to New Yorkers and everybody in the country", Rays manager Kevin Cash said before the game. "But we've been talking about it for six weeks now, trying to find a way to win five, six, seven games in a row".

Gray (9-10) again pitched well but wound up with a loss. But instead of cheers, they got a deluge of boos; applause was saved for the Yankees, who even got the traditional Yankee Stadium roll call in the bottom of the first.

But from the moment the Rays took the field to a smattering of boos, the crowd of 21,024 was decidedly rooting for the New Yorkers. The surging Yankees have won eight of eleven following Monday's 5-1 victory at the the Tampa Bay Rays. The chants of "Let's go, Yankees" started before leadoff man Brett Gardner stepped in, and echoed for most of the evening.

"It's not the most ideal situation, but it's definitely not the worst", said Rays ace Chris Archer.

"I'm sure a lot of them that may be up here are dealing with the same things I had to worry about", he said.

The available seats were packed-15,327 was the announced attendance, with tickets going for $25-and the concession lines throughout the concourse were longer than what you'll likely see at any Mets game for the rest of the season.

Kiermaier's homer tied the game at 1-1, as the Yankees had scored a run in the top of the first when Aaron Judge walked with one out and scored from first on a two-out double by Matt Holliday.

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