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‘Pen undoes Rodón’s strong work as Yanks drop series

‘Pen undoes Rodón’s strong work as Yanks drop series

ST. PETERSBURG — The Yankees have not won a series in more than a month, a frustrating streak that has exhausted the patience of all involved. It continued on Sunday, as the bullpen flushed an early lead in a 7-4 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Facing Ian Hamilton, Harold Ramírez blooped a game-tying two-run single over second baseman Gleyber Torres’ head before Brandon Lowe greeted Wandy Peralta with a go-ahead two-run hit in the sixth inning, sending the Yanks to their 12th loss in 14 games.

The Yankees have not won a series since their July 21-23 sweep of the Royals in New York. They have lost eight straight rubber games, faring 1-12-3 in the 16 series they have played since the beginning of July.

Carlos Rodón recovered from a shaky first inning to provide 4 2/3 innings of two-run ball, limited to 84 pitches. Randy Arozarena stole second, advanced to third on a Kyle Higashioka error and scored on Harrison Bader’s errant throw — all on the same play — before Lowe followed with a solo home run that landed atop the stingray tank in right-center field.

Higashioka and DJ LeMahieu hit back-to-back homers in the third inning, and Anthony Volpe lifted a two-run shot in the fourth, all off Tampa Bay starter Zack Littell. LeMahieu’s homer was his third of the series, as the infielder has been swinging a hot bat since the All-Star break.

Both benches cleared in the eighth inning, when Albert Abreu hit Arozarena with a pitch — the fourth Rays batter to be hit by the Yankees in Sunday’s game, the sixth of the series and the 12th of the season.



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