Rays get 2 hits, both homers, top Yanks 4-2 for 4-game split

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Taylor Walls and Ji-Man Choi homered for Tampa Bay’s only hits, and the Rays scored two runs in the seventh inning on four walks and one hit in a win 4 -2 against the New York Yankees. Sunday who won a four-game split.

Walls, in a 1-for-34 slide, homered on a 3-1 fastball from Luis Severino (3-1) for a 2-1 lead in the fifth and then put on exceptional defensive play to finish the eighth sleeve. With runners at second and third, Walls moved to the shortstop side of second and dove to grab the ground from Aaron Hicks, then got up and threw Hicks a step to the beginning.

Gleyber Torres had three hits, including a second-inning home run against Shane McClanahan (5-2). Torres’ ninth home run of the season tied in 161 plate appearances his total of 516 last season.

Severino was forced to change from a gray glove to a brown model by the referees before his first pitch. He released his first two batters from the seventh, Wander Franco and Choi, then retired Manuel Margot and was replaced by Ron Marinaccio.

Marinaccio walked Walls and pinch hitter Harold Ramirez on five pitches apiece, forcing a run, then hit Mike Zunino with a first-pitch slider, giving the Rays a 4-1 lead.

Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 18th homer, a drive from Colin Poche in the eighth. Judge was the designated hitter after three straight days on the outfield on artificial turf.

JP Feyereisen threw a perfect ninth for his first save this season on two occasions.

New York, which finished a 23-game streak in 22 days, went 0-for-9 with runners in the scoring position and hit .198 in its last nine games, scoring two runs or fewer in six of them.

Hicks went 0 for 4 and is within a 7-for-52 slide, lowering his average to .200.

Joey Gallo also went 0 for 4 and is in a 2 for 31 slump with 19 strikeouts, lowering his average to .167. Gallo finished ninth in the batting order for the second straight day, the lowest he has been in the batting order since 2017.

Choi’s home run, his fourth of the year, was an opposite field drive to the left.

Severino allowed four runs, starting with seven days off and having 22 swings and misses, tied for second most in his big league career. He closed his glove position on his delivery after the second inning in what appeared to be an effort not to tip the pitches.

McClanahan got his first career win in four starts against the Yankees. allowing seven hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. He has allowed one run in 26 innings in his last four starts.

Margot’s 15-game hitting streak has come to an end.

UNI WATCH

Tampa Bay wore blue jerseys, a day after the first of five home games this season in which the Rays wore retro Devil Rays jerseys.

FADED AWAY

C Rob Brantly turned down an outright assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and elected to become a free agent.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Torres, who has hit four home runs in his last six games, is receiving daily treatment for pain in his right wrist.

Spokes: RHP Shane Baz (arthroscopic right elbow surgery) and RHP Chris Mazza (lower back spasms) are scheduled to begin rehabilitation on Monday.

NEXT

Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-1, 2.30) will kick off Tuesday night’s opener of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 3.08) starts for the Angels in his first game in New York since leaving the Mets. Shohei Ohtani will likely start Thursday’s series finale.

Rays: RHP Drew Rasmussen (5-1, 2.86) takes on Rangers RHP Glenn Otto (2-2, 4.91) Monday night in Game 1 of a four-game series at Texas.

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