Tanaka Struggles as Yanks Lose Game Three 8-4

The New York Yankees find themselves on the brink of elimination following their game three loss to the Rays on Wednesday night. Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, who entered with an ERA of just 2.70 in the post-season, only lasted 4 innings. He allowed 5 runs on 8 hits while striking out 4 batters and 1 walk.

The Rays added the first run of the night on an RBI single by Michael Perez in the 2nd inning. Aaron Judge tied the game in the bottom of the third on a sac-fly.

Kevin Kiermaier hit a three run home run off Tanaka in the 4th to give the Rays a 4-1 lead. Randy Arozarena continued his red-hot series with a homer in the 5th to extend the Tampa lead to 5-1. Aaron Hicks got a run back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double.

Michael Perez extended the Tampa lead to 5 with a 2-run homer in the 6th against Chad Green. Ji-Man Choi drove in another run in the 6th off Luis Cessa, giving the Rays an 8-2 lead.

Giancarlo Stanton made history by becoming the first Yankee in history to homer in 5 straight post-season games. His 2-run shot in the 8th cut the Rays’ lead to 4.

New York’s offense only managed seven hits off Rays pitching tonight, drawing just two walks, and striking out 9 times. Tampa Bay’s starter Charlie Morton went 5 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 4 hits, and 6 strikeouts.

The Yankees will look to stave off elimination tonight as Jordan Montgomery takes the mound against Ryan Thompson.

(Photo: Gregory Bull – AP News)

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