Tampa Bay at New York

Tampa Bay
N.Y. Yankees
W: M. Moore (16-4) L: H. Kuroda (11-13) S: J. Odorizzi (1)
HR: TB - M. Joyce (18)   NYY - None

Moore, Rays shut out Yanks, dim New York's playoff hopes

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NEW YORK -- Matt Moore was all over the place with his pitches. The result of his effort, though, has the Tampa Bay Rays right where they want to be.

Moore had New York flailing for five wild innings, and Tampa Bay beat the Yankees 7-0 on Tuesday night to push them to the brink of missing out on the postseason for the second time in 19 years.

"You cannot be more effectively wild than he was tonight," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Tampa Bay roughed up Hiroki Kuroda in tightening its grip on an AL wild-card spot with its fifth straight win. Matt Joyce had a leadoff homer as the Rays jumped ahead 3-0 in the first and David DeJesus had two RBI doubles.

Tampa Bay has a one-game lead over Cleveland for the top wild card with five to play. Texas is two behind the Rays. Kansas City played later.

The Yankees trail the Indians, who won 5-4, by five games -- and also are behind the Rangers and Royals. The Yankees would be eliminated Wednesday if Cleveland wins or they lose.

"This is not a good feeling," manager Joe Girardi said. "It hurts."

Moore (16-4) gave up only three hits but threw three wild pitches to up his AL-leading total to 16 and walked six. Jamey Wright and Jake Odorizzi, who earned his first career save with three innings, finished the four-hitter that ensured New York could not pass the Rays in the standings.

"It was a little bit challenging out there just to kind of get you know some good sequences going where I was having a solid release point," Moore said. "I feel like I was trying to get way too aggressive with put away pitches, like I was trying to miss the bat."

The defeat gave the Yankees 75 losses for the first time since they lost 86 games in 1992.

The Rays got right to work against Kuroda (11-13), tagging him for three more first-inning runs.

Maddon put Joyce in the top spot with hopes of getting him going. In a 3-for-41 slump coming in, Joyce connected on a 1-1 pitch for the Rays seventh leadoff homer of the season. Wil Myers followed with a single and DeJesus drove him in with a double to right field. Evan Longoria's sacrifice fly capped the inning.

"You set the tone right from the start," Joyce said. "Obviously Wil and David coming up behind me and not just settling for a couple of runs. But you know we kept attacking them, kept being aggressive and kept scoring and that's what it's going to take."

Kuroda has yielded 23 of his 77 runs this season in the first inning.

After that, the biggest mystery for the eerily quiet late-season crowd of 43,407 was if the Mariano Rivera bobblehead dolls would arrive before the end of the game. The figurines were delayed by train and truck trouble in a cross-country journey, and the Yankees were forced to give out vouchers to the first 18,000 fans entitled to one of the promotional gifts in tribute to the retiring closer.

Alas, the bobbleheads arrived in the third inning.

The Yankees' bats didn't.

Ichiro Suzuki got New York's first hit in the bottom of third and Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano walked to load the bases but Mark Reynolds popped out to right field and Eduardo Nunez grounded into a fielder's choice.

The Yankees were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position overall.

"We all know the situation, but you can't win ballgames when you can't put runs on the board," said Vernon Wells, who was 0 for 4. "You give their pitcher credit but we had opportunities and didn't come through."

Kuroda settled down after the first and held Tampa Bay hitless until the sixth, when James Loney doubled with the bases loaded for two runs.

Kuroda extended his winless skid to eight starts, matching a career worst first done in 2008 with the Dodgers. The 38-year-old right-hander was having one of his best seasons until he was hit hard Aug. 17 at Boston. This time, he allowed five runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.

"I'm really disappointed I'm not contributing to the team," Kuroda said through a translator.


Rays SS Yunel Escobar left with a sore left ankle. "He's not awful but I'm not sure about tomorrow yet," Maddon said. C Jose Lobaton has a bruised right elbow. "He's fine I think he should be fine," Maddon said. ... Yankees RHP Phil Hughes will take LHP CC Sabathia's spot in the Yankees' rotation on Wednesday. Sabathia sustained a Grade 2 strain in his left hamstring in his start Friday, and was shut down for the last week of season Monday. ... Maddon had no report on OF Desmond Jennings (tight left hamstring). Jennings played catch before the game but did not run. ... The bases had plates on the sides with "Mariano Rivera" and "42."

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Matt Joyce hits a home run in the first inning of the Rays' 7-0 win over the Yankees. (USATSI)
Matt Joyce hits a home run in the first inning of the Rays' 7-0 win over the Yankees. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. DeJesus
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Joyce, DH3111010 .239
   a-Delmon Young, PH-DH2111010 .260
Wil Myers, RF4210121 .293
David DeJesus, LF5122001 .253
Evan Longoria, 3B4121001 .263
Ben Zobrist, 2B-SS3010111 .271
James Loney, 1B4012013 .295
Jose Lobaton, C2000001 .256
   b-Jose Molina, PH-C2000024 .243
Sam Fuld, CF3100112 .189
Yunel Escobar, SS1000010 .258
   c-Kelly Johnson, PH-2B3000011 .237
Matt Moore, P0000000 .000
   Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
   Jake Odorizzi, P0000000 .000
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b-struck out for Lobaton in the 6th
c-flied out for Escobar in the 5th
2B - Delmon Young (16, Kelley), David DeJesus 2 (27, Kuroda), Evan Longoria (37, Kuroda), James Loney (29, Kuroda)
HR - Matt Joyce (18, Kuroda)
SF - Evan Longoria (6)
RBI - Matt Joyce (46), Delmon Young (33), David DeJesus 2 (35), Evan Longoria (78), James Loney 2 (73)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (12)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Longoria-Johnson-Loney
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Jake Odorizzi (S,1) 3100130 3.94
WP - Matt Moore 3 (17)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 107-64, Jamey Wright 17-11, Jake Odorizzi 40-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 4-8, Jamey Wright 1-1, Jake Odorizzi 2-3
Batters Faced - Matt Moore 25, Jamey Wright 3, Jake Odorizzi 10
New York (A.L.) Yankees
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4010001 .260
   J.R. Murphy, C1000011 .154
Alex Rodriguez, DH3000203 .248
Robinson Cano, 2B4010002 .314
Alfonso Soriano, LF2010211 .257
Mark Reynolds, 1B3000016 .218
   a-Lyle Overbay, PH-1B1000011 .241
Eduardo Nunez, 3B4010003 .257
Vernon Wells, RF4000012 .239
Brendan Ryan, SS3000121 .200
Chris Stewart, C1000111 .210
   b-Curtis Granderson, PH-CF1000100 .233
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   Dellin Betances, P0000000 .000
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b-flied out for Stewart in the 6th
2B - Robinson Cano (39, Odorizzi)
Team LOB - 11
E - Eduardo Nunez (14, Throwing), Mark Reynolds (11, Dropped fly)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
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Boone Logan 0.1000010 3.23
Cesar Cabral 0.1000000 3.38
Adam Warren 1.2200030 3.63
Shawn Kelley 0.2222120 4.39
Dellin Betances 0.1000000 15.43
IBB - Zobrist by Hiroki Kuroda
WP - Shawn Kelley (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 99-55, Boone Logan 5-5, Cesar Cabral 4-2, Adam Warren 28-20, Shawn Kelley 29-17, Dellin Betances 5-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 6-7
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 25, Boone Logan 1, Cesar Cabral 1, Adam Warren 7, Shawn Kelley 5, Dellin Betances 1
Game Information
Attendance - 43407
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mark Wegner