Font, Rays relievers come through in 3-1 win over Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash has had to defend his strategy using relievers as starters time and time again.

At least this time, the defense came after the formula led his team to a victory.

Wilmer Font held the high-scoring Yankees in check and the Rays stopped New York 3-1 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

''We're doing everything we can (and) what we think is right to win games,'' Cash said. ''When we win, yeah, we like it. When we lose, it's grueling.''

In his third start of the season, Font turned in his best performance of the year in any role, allowing just one run in 4 2-3 innings with five strikeouts. The right-hander, who also has eight relief appearances, matched a career-high with 74 pitches.

Tampa Bay, which has been hurt by injuries to its rotation, employed a reliever to open for the 15th time in 29 games. Entering the game, relievers working as starters had allowed 13 earned runs in 18 innings.

''Today he gave us a huge boost,'' Cash said of the 28-year old right-hander. ''He probably got a little deeper in the game than what we even anticipated.''

Matt Duffy drove in two runs with a second-inning single for his first multi-RBI game in over a month. The infielder, who missed 2017 while undergoing two Achilles surgeries, is hitting .352 (25 for 71) with seven RBI over his last 18 contests.

''I typically don't see CC too well,'' Duffy said. ''That wasn't the greatest pitch to hit, but when you're going well, those seem to fall.''

Carlos Gomez had an RBI double as Tampa Bay scored all three runs in the second against CC Sabathia (4-2). The left-hander pitched into the eighth inning for the first time this season and struck out 10 for just the second time since the start of 2014.

''I just tried to be really aggressive because they were aggressive,'' Sabathia said.

Tampa Bay defeated New York for the first time this season. The Yankees opened the season with five straight wins, outscoring the Rays 31-10 over the games, and was trying for a four-game sweep. The Rays are 5-18 in their last 23 games at Yankee Stadium.

Chaz Roe (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Sergio Romo, who has also drawn five starts this season, closed for his third save in six chances.

Rookie Willy Adames singled to lead off the Rays second. Adeiny Hechavarria, who missed nearly a month with a strained hamstring, singled for the first of his three hits. Gomez doubled and Duffy delivered a two-out single.

Hechavarria also robbed rookie sensation Gleyber Torres of a base hit with dive and throw from shortstop in the seventh inning.

New York matched its lowest run total at home this season.

Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius worked two-out walks against Jose Alvarado in the fifth, but the hard-throwing lefty struck out Giancarlo Stanton on four pitches.

In the eighth, Diego Castillo struck out Gary Sanchez on three pitches to strand another runner.

Aaron Hicks homered off Font in the fifth - it was actually the second homer of the day. Hours earlier, the Yankees held their 72nd Old-Timers' Day and Nick Swisher, making his debut with the former players, hit a long drive to right field.

Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson were joined by the likes of Don Larsen, Willie Randolph, Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi. Current New York manager Aaron Boone also took part for the first time.

UP NEXT

Rays: Tampa Bay will start a reliever for the third consecutive day when RHP Ryne Stanek (1-1, 2.55 ERA) draws the start as the Rays open a three-game series at Houston. He'll be opposed by RHP Gerrit Cole (8-1, 2.40 ERA).

Yankees: New York heads to Washington for a makeshift doubleheader Monday. The teams will resume a suspended game from May 15 before a traditional nine-inning game follows. With heavy rain falling, play was halted after 5 1-2 innings with the teams tied at 3. The teams were set to resume play, and their interleague series, one day later, but rain continued to fall and both events were postponed. Boone will turn to his bullpen to begin the day and RHP Sonny Gray (4-4, 4.96 ERA) takes the mound in game two.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: OF Brett Gardner (knee) was held out of the lineup with a little soreness.

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TB33-38
0300000003111
NYY46-21
000010000170
  • W: C. Roe (1-1)L: C. Sabathia (4-2)S: S. Romo (3)
  • HR: NYY - A. Hicks (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Duffy 3B40320000.318.360.439.7997.0
J. Bauers 1B40000123.250.348.450.7980.0
W. Ramos C40200002.286.329.438.7672.0
C. Cron DH40000033.240.321.450.771-1.5
W. Adames 2B41100022.222.275.333.6081.0
A. Hechavarria SS41300000.287.315.353.6684.0
C. Gomez RF41210011.190.261.338.5994.5
R. Refsnyder LF30000014.167.314.274.588-0.5
a- M. Smith PH-CF10000000.284.346.372.7180.0
J. Field CF-LF40000024.236.272.421.694-1.0
  • a-grounded out for Refsnyder in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Hicks CF51211001.243.341.438.7797.0
A. Judge RF30000121.279.397.567.9630.0
D. Gregorius SS30200100.259.335.498.8325.0
G. Stanton LF30100123.243.320.479.7981.0
G. Bird DH40100014.215.282.462.7430.5
G. Sanchez C40100013.192.293.435.7270.5
M. Andujar 3B40000023.293.321.518.839-1.0
N. Walker 1B30000121.205.278.288.5650.0
G. Torres 2B40000022.283.337.554.891-1.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Duffy (13), C. Gomez (6)
    • RBI - M. Duffy 2 (22), C. Gomez (15)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Duffy 2 (6)
    BATTING
    • 3B - D. Gregorius (2)
    • HR - A. Hicks (8)
    • RBI - A. Hicks (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Hicks (9)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Hechavarria-Adames-Bauers)
    • E - D. Castillo
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Judge (6)
    • DP - (Andujar-Torres-Walker)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. Font4.24111517.561.658.5
    J. Alvarado0.11002103.071.23-2.5
    C. Roe (W, 1-1)2.01000202.891.0013.0
    D. Castillo (H, 2)1.01000201.351.053.0
    S. Romo (S, 3)1.00001205.001.4110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    W. Font4.2
    J. Alvarado0.1
    C. Roe (W, 1-1)2.0
    D. Castillo (H, 2)1.0
    S. Romo (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sabathia (L, 4-2)7.2103311003.301.2110.0
    A. Warren1.11000102.081.462.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sabathia (L, 4-2)7.2
    A. Warren1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 74-49, J. Alvarado 19-8, C. Roe 19-13, D. Castillo 13-9, S. Romo 16-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 7-2, C. Roe 2-1, D. Castillo 1-0
    • Batters Faced - W. Font 19, J. Alvarado 4, C. Roe 6, D. Castillo 4, S. Romo 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Sabathia (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 102-76, A. Warren 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 6-5, A. Warren 1-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 33, A. Warren 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TB33-38
    0300000003111
    NYY46-21
    000010000170
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Duffy 3B40320000.318.360.439.7997.0
    J. Bauers 1B40000123.250.348.450.7980.0
    W. Ramos C40200002.286.329.438.7672.0
    C. Cron DH40000033.240.321.450.771-1.5
    W. Adames 2B41100022.222.275.333.6081.0
    A. Hechavarria SS41300000.287.315.353.6684.0
    C. Gomez RF41210011.190.261.338.5994.5
    R. Refsnyder LF30000014.167.314.274.588-0.5
    a- M. Smith PH-CF10000000.284.346.372.7180.0
    J. Field CF-LF40000024.236.272.421.694-1.0
    Total363113011119-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Duffy 3B4
    J. Bauers 1B4
    W. Ramos C4
    C. Cron DH4
    W. Adames 2B4
    A. Hechavarria SS4
    C. Gomez RF4
    R. Refsnyder LF3
    a- M. Smith PH-CF1
    J. Field CF-LF4
    Total36
    • a-grounded out for Refsnyder in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Hicks CF51211001.243.341.438.7797.0
    A. Judge RF30000121.279.397.567.9630.0
    D. Gregorius SS30200100.259.335.498.8325.0
    G. Stanton LF30100123.243.320.479.7981.0
    G. Bird DH40100014.215.282.462.7430.5
    G. Sanchez C40100013.192.293.435.7270.5
    M. Andujar 3B40000023.293.321.518.839-1.0
    N. Walker 1B30000121.205.278.288.5650.0
    G. Torres 2B40000022.283.337.554.891-1.0
    Total33171141218-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Duffy (13), C. Gomez (6)
      • RBI - M. Duffy 2 (22), C. Gomez (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Duffy 2 (6)
      BATTING
      • 3B - D. Gregorius (2)
      • HR - A. Hicks (8)
      • RBI - A. Hicks (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Hicks (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Hechavarria-Adames-Bauers)
      • E - D. Castillo
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Judge (6)
      • DP - (Andujar-Torres-Walker)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Font4.24111517.561.658.5
      J. Alvarado0.11002103.071.23-2.5
      C. Roe (W, 1-1)2.01000202.891.0013.0
      D. Castillo (H, 2)1.01000201.351.053.0
      S. Romo (S, 3)1.00001205.001.4110.0
      Total9.07114121---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Font4.2
      J. Alvarado0.1
      C. Roe (W, 1-1)2.0
      D. Castillo (H, 2)1.0
      S. Romo (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia (L, 4-2)7.2103311003.301.2110.0
      A. Warren1.11000102.081.462.5
      Total9.011331110---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia (L, 4-2)7.2
      A. Warren1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 74-49, J. Alvarado 19-8, C. Roe 19-13, D. Castillo 13-9, S. Romo 16-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 7-2, C. Roe 2-1, D. Castillo 1-0
      • Batters Faced - W. Font 19, J. Alvarado 4, C. Roe 6, D. Castillo 4, S. Romo 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Sabathia (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 102-76, A. Warren 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 6-5, A. Warren 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 33, A. Warren 5
      • 5TH INNING
        Hicks homered to right31
      • 2ND INNING
        Duffy singled to right, Hechavarria and Gomez scored, Duffy out at second30
        Gomez doubled to deep left, Adames scored, Hechavarria to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Mallex Smith hit for Rob Refsnyder
        • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Field: Strike looking, Field fouled out to first
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Duffy doubled to deep right
        • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bauers lined out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Sergio Romo relieved Diego Castillo
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker walked
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
        • A. Hicks: Strike (foul tip), Walker to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Hicks popped out to third
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hechavarria singled to center
        • Adam Warren relieved CC Sabathia
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Diego Castillo relieved Chaz Roe
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius reached on an infield single to second
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gregorius to second on Castillo fielding error, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • G. Bird: Bird grounded out to second, Gregorius to third
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • J. Field: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
        • M. Duffy: Duffy singled to deep left
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Roe Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • G. Torres: Ball, Torres grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks singled to center
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria grounded out to third
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Gomez popped out to first
        • R. Refsnyder: Refsnyder flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Alvarado Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bird singled to shallow right
        • Chaz Roe relieved Jose Alvarado
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez flied out to shallow left
        • M. Andujar: Andujar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bird out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Foul, Ball, Duffy hit by pitch
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Bauers reached on fielder's choice to first, Duffy out at second
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos singled to right, Bauers to second
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • W. Adames: Ball, Adames popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
        • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Torres grounded out to third
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Hicks homered to right
        • Jose Alvarado relieved Wilmer Font
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius walked, Judge to second
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike looking, Hechavarria reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gomez singled to right center, Hechavarria to third
        • R. Refsnyder: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Refsnyder struck out looking
        • J. Field: Foul, Field lined out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Stanton singled to right
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez reached on fielder's choice to third, Stanton out at second
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Andujar struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Ramos grounded into double play third to second to first, Bauers out at second
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cron grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Hicks fouled out to first
        • A. Judge: Ball, Judge grounded out to third
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike looking, Adames singled to center
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria singled to left, Adames to third
        • C. Gomez: Gomez doubled to deep left, Adames scored, Hechavarria to third
        • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Refsnyder popped out to first
        • J. Field: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
        • M. Duffy: Foul, Strike looking, Duffy singled to right, Hechavarria and Gomez scored, Duffy out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez singled to right center
        • M. Andujar: Foul, Andujar reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Sanchez out at second
        • N. Walker: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Walker grounded out to third, Andujar to second
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Duffy grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ramos singled to shallow right
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks grounded out to second
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius tripled to left center
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked
        • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bird flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)