06/19 15:38 CDT Snell chased in 1st, Sabathia wins 250th, Yankees sweep Rays
Snell chased in 1st, Sabathia wins 250th, Yankees sweep Rays
By JAKE SEINER
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) --- Gary Snchez hit a three-run homer to help chase Cy Young
Award winner Blake Snell in the first inning, CC Sabathia got his 250th career
win and the New York Yankees thumped the Tampa Bay Rays 12-1 Wednesday to
complete a three-game sweep.
Gleyber Torres added a grand slam during a six-run seventh inning, and New York
three-hit Tampa Bay to win its fifth in a row and extend its lead the AL East
over the second-place Rays by 3 1/2 games. Tampa Bay was swept for the second
time this season --- the other came against Boston in April.
Snell (4-6) walked four, gave up two hits and was charged with six runs while
getting one out on 39 pitches in the shortest start of his career. He is the
first reigning Cy Young winner to allow at least six runs and get no more than
one out in a start, according to STATS.
Colin Poche replaced the left-hander with the bases loaded, hit Gio Urshela
with a pitch and allowed a two-run single to DJ LeMahieu before ending the
inning. Snell's previous shortest start was one-plus inning against the Yankees
on Sept. 26, 2017.
Sabathia (4-4) pitched one-run ball over six innings. He struck out seven and
allowed three hits and three walks. The left-hander has a 2.06 ERA in six
starts against the Rays over the past two seasons.
New York had just three hits during the six-run first inning. Snchez's homer
was his 21st in 54 games this season. The Yankees have homered in 22
consecutive games, three shy of the franchise record from 1941.
After the rocky first, Tampa Bay's bullpen retired 16 straight until Adam
Kolarek walked LeMahieu with one out in the seventh. That got the Yankees going
all over again, with Snchez hitting an RBI double and Torres delivering his
first career slam while New York batted around for the second time.
The Rays used eight relievers before moving third baseman Daniel Robertson to
the mound to start the eighth. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning thanks to a double
Jonathan Holder and Luis Cessa pitched hitless ball over the final three
innings for New York.
WHAT A START
Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud was injured late in the 36-minute first inning,
taking a foul ball off his right knee on the 55th pitch. He was visited by a
trainer and remained in the game after being in considerable pain. Poche ended
the inning two pitches later.
Could have been worse. Per STATS, Baltimore Orioles pitchers used 99 pitches to
get through an inning against the Texas Rangers in 1996, the most since pitch
tracking began in 1988.
The Yankees released Danny Farquhar , ending the relief pitcher's comeback try
with New York more than a year after he collapsed in the Chicago White Sox
dugout because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage. Farquhar made two
appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this month, allowing seven runs
in three innings.
Rays: INF Yandy Diaz was placed on the 10-day injured list with right hamstring
tightness, retroactive to Monday. Robertson was recalled from Triple-A Durham.
Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery is returning to New York for an MRI on his left
shoulder a day after cutting short a live batting practice session against
minor league hitters. Montgomery is recovering from Tommy John surgery in his
left elbow. ... OF Giancarlo Stanton was rested a day after returning from the
injured list following biceps, shoulder and calf injuries. ... OF Aaron Judge
(left oblique strain) was back in the lineup with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He's
expected to rejoin the Yankees on Friday.
Rays: RHP Charlie Morton (8-1, 2.37) starts the opener of a four-game series at
Oakland on Thursday night. RHP Frankie Montas (9-2, 2.85) is up for the A's in
a showdown of potential AL All-Star pitchers.
Yankees: New York hasn't named a starter for its series opener against Houston
on Thursday night. LHP Framber Valdez (3-2, 2.77) is up for the Astros.
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