The Yankees’ offense and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi started strong Tuesday night, but couldn’t keep it up as the Yanks lost to the Rays, 4-2.
The Yanks scored twice in the top of the first on singles by Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran after Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner singled and A-Rod walked to load the bases. Up 2-0, the Yanks still had the bases loaded and no one out but they could not tack on more. Chase Headley struck out, Stephen Drew’s flyout wasn’t deep enough to score a run, and Garrett Jones grounded out.
The inability to tack on more runs proved fatal. Over the next eight innings the Yanks got no more runs and just four more hits.
Nathan Eovaldi was great for six shutout innings, but gave up two in the seventh and two in the eighth to lose the game.
Eovaldi 7 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 6 K. (L, 3-1, 4.14).
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 0.00.
The loss drops the Yanks to 21-13, 3 games up in the A.L. East.