Rays 2, Yankees 1: Rays Make Themselves at Home, Beating the Yankees and Sonny Gray

“It felt a little weird for sure,” Gray said. “We had a pretty good turnout tonight with Yankee fans. It definitely was a different feeling, and it was at the point in the game where it was a really big situation, so that was exciting.”


Sonny Gray of the Yankees pitched well, striking out nine in eight innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, but a late home run stuck him with his 10th loss of the season.

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But the excitement never rose to that level again, although there was an even bigger situation to come — an eighth-inning solo home run by Hechavarria off Gray that made him and the Yankees 2-1 losers and sent the crowd of 21,024 home unhappy, even though the “home” team had won.

“Anytime you lose, it’s tough to swallow, no matter how it happens,” Gray (9-10) said. “It’s not a fun feeling.”

Before the Rays could make themselves too comfortable, they were reminded that they were guests in the building after their leadoff hitter, Kevin Kiermaier, clubbed Gray’s first pitch over the right-centerfield fence.

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