Rays shut down Yankees for 6-1 victory

NEW YORK (AP) Brandon Lowe went through his first 100 minor league games this season without a clue of what a slump felt like.

Tampa Bay's 24-year-old rookie got a quick dose of it in the majors.

Wednesday night's starter, Jake Faria, even joked that Lowe was nearing Stephen Vogt's major league record of 0-for-32 hitless at-bats to start a career.

Lowe then hit a run-scoring single his first time up and two at-bats later knocked in another run, and the Rays beat the New York Yankees 6-1 on Wednesday night.

''Finally I can move past that huge obstacle of the first hit and I can finally relax and settle in,'' Lowe said after snapping out of his 0-for-19 slump.

He hit .297 with 22 homers and 76 RBIs in Double-A and Triple-A before he was called up to the majors Aug. 4.

Mallex Smith hit a two-run homer, and Kevin Kiermaier, who was mired in a 4-for-46 slump in August, had two hits, scored a run and drove in one for the Rays, who have won seven of their past nine games against New York.

The Yankees wasted their best chance in the fourth inning when Faria left the game with runners on first and second and one out.

Chaz Roe came in and hit Neil Walker to load the bases. He struck out Austin Romine and escaped the inning when a replay challenge overturned Ronald Torreyes' single into an inning-ending groundout.

''We created some traffic. It makes it tough when you're kind of behind the 8-ball and not just down a run or two,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''But yeah, one big hit certainly in that inning, maybe things are a little bit different.''

Reliever Ryan Yarbrough (11-5) then entered and was credited with the win after shutting down the Yankees, allowing only two runners in scoring position over four scoreless innings. He allowed only two hits and struck out three.

New York went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

''Anytime you fall behind early, it can be frustrating, deflating, and we just weren't able to climb back in it tonight,'' left fielder Brett Gardner said.

Tampa Bay took advantage of an ineffective Luis Cessa (1-3), who was recalled from Triple-A before the game to make a start in place of an injured CC Sabathia.

Lowe hit a blooper to left field to drive in Kiermaier to put the Rays ahead 1-0 in the second inning.

After Miguel Andujar hit his 19th homer of the season to tie it at 1 in the bottom of the second, Tampa Bay made Cessa pay for his lack of execution.

The righty loaded the bases on back-to-back singles to start the third inning before walking the next batter. Cessa then struck out Joey Wendle, but a hard fielder's choice grounder by Ji-Man Choi gave the Rays a 2-1 lead.

Kiermaier then singled to center, extending the lead to 3-1.

Smith's one-out, two-run blast to right field in the fourth ended Cessa's night as the Rays went up 5-1.

Lowe's single to right field made it 6-1 in the fifth.

Cessa allowed five runs, seven hits, walked a pair and struck out four over 3 1/3 innings. He was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

Faria made his first start since May 22 at Boston, when he suffered a left oblique strain. He fared pretty well before he was pulled in the fourth inning. He allowed one run, three hits and walked two and struck out two.

''Chaz came in, yeah he hits Walker, but comes in, shuts it down, picks me up and then Yarbs just mowing down a really good lineup for the next four innings,'' Faria said.

RETURN OF TORREYES

Torreyes, a popular backup, was inserted into the starting lineup two days after he was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He started at second base in place of rookie Gleyber Torres and went 0-for-4.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF Tommy Pham (fractured right foot) went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored in a rehab game with Class A Hudson Valley, who were playing just a borough away at Staten Island, home of the Yankees' affiliate. Pham, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 3. was activated from the DL after the game and Faria was sent to Triple-A Durham.

Yankees: To make room for Cessa on the roster, RHP George Kontos was designated for assignment before Wednesday's game. He made his season debut with the Yankees on Monday, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the loss against the Mets. ... Boone has seen some improvement with Aaron Judge's fractured wrist. The slugger took some swings in a pool earlier during the day. ''I would say there's been significant improvement over the last couple of days,'' Boone said. ''So I feel we're getting close to that point where, hopefully, he has a bat in his hand again.''

UP NEXT:

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (13-5, 2.18 ERA) makes his second start after returning from the 10-day disabled list because of left shoulder fatigue. Snell faced Toronto in his previous start and was perfect through five innings before he was pulled from the game.

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (9-3, 4.08) makes his 20th start of the season. He lost his previous start against Texas last Friday.

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  • W: R. Yarbrough (11-5)L: L. Cessa (1-3)
  • HR: TB - M. Smith (2), NYY - M. Andujar (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith RF52321000.297.372.426.79810.0
M. Duffy 3B31100220.297.354.376.7303.0
J. Bauers 1B40000122.220.332.439.7710.0
J. Wendle 2B50000024.289.340.409.749-1.0
J. Choi DH51210002.237.299.454.7535.0
K. Kiermaier CF51210002.180.250.297.5475.0
W. Adames SS20000223.250.308.391.6991.0
B. Lowe LF40220012.087.192.087.2793.5
M. Perez C41100003.333.357.487.8442.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF40100110.246.338.379.7171.5
    G. Stanton DH50100033.279.347.528.8740.5
    A. Hicks CF40100002.254.364.481.8451.0
    D. Gregorius SS20000102.268.334.475.8092.0
    M. Andujar 3B41211002.296.329.525.8548.0
    G. Bird 1B30000112.215.306.404.7100.5
    N. Walker RF20000101.220.298.328.6262.0
    A. Romine C40000015.263.312.457.769-0.5
    R. Torreyes 2B40000004.304.324.391.7150.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Smith (20), J. Choi (6), K. Kiermaier (6)
      • HR - M. Smith (2)
      • RBI - M. Smith 2 (29), J. Choi (15), K. Kiermaier (18), B. Lowe 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Kiermaier (3), B. Lowe 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bauers, J. Wendle, W. Adames 2 (2), B. Lowe 2 (2), M. Perez 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Stanton (24), M. Andujar (34)
      • HR - M. Andujar (19)
      • RBI - M. Andujar (59)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Stanton 2 (2), A. Hicks, D. Gregorius 2 (2), G. Bird, A. Romine, R. Torreyes 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Smith (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Faria3.13112214.841.374.0
      C. Roe0.20000103.531.040.5
      R. Yarbrough (W, 11-5)4.02000304.011.2918.5
      D. Castillo1.00002003.741.131.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Faria3.1
      C. Roe0.2
      R. Yarbrough (W, 11-5)4.0
      D. Castillo1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Cessa (L, 1-3)3.17552415.601.46-8.0
      J. Holder0.20000203.311.041.0
      S. Gray3.14113205.431.552.0
      C. Green1.20000102.841.073.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Cessa (L, 1-3)3.1
      J. Holder0.2
      S. Gray3.1
      C. Green1.2
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Castillo (3)
      • HBP - C. Roe (6), R. Yarbrough (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 66-40, C. Roe 9-6, R. Yarbrough 55-37, D. Castillo 13-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 4-4, C. Roe 1-0, R. Yarbrough 4-5, D. Castillo 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Faria 15, C. Roe 3, R. Yarbrough 15, D. Castillo 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Cessa (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Cessa 65-42, J. Holder 12-8, S. Gray 75-41, C. Green 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Cessa 2-4, S. Gray 6-2, C. Green 2-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Cessa 19, J. Holder 2, S. Gray 17, C. Green 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Smith RF52321000.297.372.426.79810.0
      M. Duffy 3B31100220.297.354.376.7303.0
      J. Bauers 1B40000122.220.332.439.7710.0
      J. Wendle 2B50000024.289.340.409.749-1.0
      J. Choi DH51210002.237.299.454.7535.0
      K. Kiermaier CF51210002.180.250.297.5475.0
      W. Adames SS20000223.250.308.391.6991.0
      B. Lowe LF40220012.087.192.087.2793.5
      M. Perez C41100003.333.357.487.8442.0
      Total37611615918-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner LF40100110.246.338.379.7171.5
        G. Stanton DH50100033.279.347.528.8740.5
        A. Hicks CF40100002.254.364.481.8451.0
        D. Gregorius SS20000102.268.334.475.8092.0
        M. Andujar 3B41211002.296.329.525.8548.0
        G. Bird 1B30000112.215.306.404.7100.5
        N. Walker RF20000101.220.298.328.6262.0
        A. Romine C40000015.263.312.457.769-0.5
        R. Torreyes 2B40000004.304.324.391.7150.0
        Total3215114621-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Smith (20), J. Choi (6), K. Kiermaier (6)
          • HR - M. Smith (2)
          • RBI - M. Smith 2 (29), J. Choi (15), K. Kiermaier (18), B. Lowe 2 (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Kiermaier (3), B. Lowe 2 (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bauers, J. Wendle, W. Adames 2 (2), B. Lowe 2 (2), M. Perez 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Stanton (24), M. Andujar (34)
          • HR - M. Andujar (19)
          • RBI - M. Andujar (59)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Stanton 2 (2), A. Hicks, D. Gregorius 2 (2), G. Bird, A. Romine, R. Torreyes 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - M. Smith (9)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Faria3.13112214.841.374.0
          C. Roe0.20000103.531.040.5
          R. Yarbrough (W, 11-5)4.02000304.011.2918.5
          D. Castillo1.00002003.741.131.0
          Total9.0511461---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Faria3.1
          C. Roe0.2
          R. Yarbrough (W, 11-5)4.0
          D. Castillo1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Cessa (L, 1-3)3.17552415.601.46-8.0
          J. Holder0.20000203.311.041.0
          S. Gray3.14113205.431.552.0
          C. Green1.20000102.841.073.5
          Total9.01166591---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Cessa (L, 1-3)3.1
          J. Holder0.2
          S. Gray3.1
          C. Green1.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Castillo (3)
          • HBP - C. Roe (6), R. Yarbrough (7)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 66-40, C. Roe 9-6, R. Yarbrough 55-37, D. Castillo 13-4
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 4-4, C. Roe 1-0, R. Yarbrough 4-5, D. Castillo 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Faria 15, C. Roe 3, R. Yarbrough 15, D. Castillo 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. Cessa (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Cessa 65-42, J. Holder 12-8, S. Gray 75-41, C. Green 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Cessa 2-4, S. Gray 6-2, C. Green 2-1
          • Batters Faced - L. Cessa 19, J. Holder 2, S. Gray 17, C. Green 4
          • 5TH INNING
            Lowe singled to right, Choi scored, Adames to third61
          • 4TH INNING
            Smith homered to right, Perez scored51
          • 3RD INNING
            Kiermaier singled to center, Duffy scored, Choi to second31
            Choi reached on a double play shortstop to second, Smith scored, Duffy to third, Bauers out at second21
          • 2ND INNING
            Andujar homered to left center11
            Lowe singled to shallow left, Kiermaier scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Green Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle grounded out to first
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Choi lined out to right
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Diego Castillo relieved Ryan Yarbrough
            • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker walked
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine grounded out to pitcher, Walker to second
            • R. Torreyes: Torreyes grounded out to pitcher
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Walker to third, Gardner to second on wild pitch, Stanton flied out to deep right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Smith doubled to left center
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked
            • Chad Green relieved Sonny Gray
            • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith caught stealing, catcher to third Duffy to second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks grounded out to first
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius hit by pitch
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar reached on fielder's choice to third, Gregorius out at second
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bird flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Choi reached on an infield single to second
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher, Choi to second
            • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adames walked
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Lowe grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • R. Torreyes: Ball, Torreyes popped out to first
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to second
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bauers grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Foul, Andujar doubled to right
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
            • N. Walker: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker flied out to right
            • A. Romine: Ball, Foul, Romine grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Sonny Gray relieved Jonathan Holder
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Wendle grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Choi doubled to right
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier flied out to center
            • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adames walked
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Foul, Ball, Lowe singled to right, Choi scored, Adames to third
            • M. Perez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Perez lined out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Yarbrough relieved Chaz Roe
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to second
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Stanton doubled to left center
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hicks flied out to deep right, Stanton to third
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gregorius flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Lowe struck out on foul tip
            • M. Perez: Strike looking, Perez singled to right
            • M. Smith: Smith homered to right, Perez scored
            • Jonathan Holder relieved Luis Cessa
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Andujar flied out to deep center
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bird walked, Gregorius to second
            • Chaz Roe relieved Jake Faria
            • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Walker hit by pitch, Gregorius to third, Bird to second
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
            • R. Torreyes: Ball, Torreyes grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Smith singled to right
            • M. Duffy: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Duffy singled to center, Smith to second
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Smith to third, Duffy to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choi reached on a double play shortstop to second, Smith scored, Duffy to third, Bauers out at second
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Kiermaier singled to center, Duffy scored, Choi to second
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • R. Torreyes: Ball, Foul, Torreyes popped out to first
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner singled to left
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Hicks grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • J. Choi: Choi grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier doubled to left
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • B. Lowe: Lowe singled to shallow left, Kiermaier scored
            • M. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andujar homered to left center
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bird grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Walker grounded out to catcher
            • A. Romine: Romine popped out to second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Smith lined out to right
            • M. Duffy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bauers flied out to deep left
            • J. Wendle: Pickoff attempt, Wendle flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Stanton struck out looking
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius flied out to right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)