NEW YORK — Even though there were two more games at Yankee Stadium to be played, Tampa Bay Rays Manager Kevin Cash couldn’t help but look ahead to his team’s next stop on a nine-game road trip: Baltimore.
After a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees on April 27, the Rays said they were informed by Major League Baseball that the status of their three-game series against the Orioles that begins May 1 is uncertain.
Baltimore’s game April 27 against the Chicago White Sox was postponed because of safety concerns after riots broke out near Camden Yards following the funeral of Freddie Gray.
“Obviously, Baltimore is an unknown for us,” Cash said. “We’re waiting to hear.”
The Rays entered tied for first place in the AL East with the Yankees, but Brian McCann homered off Brandon Gomes (0-1), who also walked in a run, as Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak was snapped.
“It was the first time all year, including spring training and when I was down at Triple-A, that I felt I didn’t throw the ball well,” Gomes said.
One thing the Rays did successfully was keep Alex Rodriguez from tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list at 660. A modest crowd on another chilly night in New York cheered each of A-Rod’s plate appearances.
Playing third base for the second time this season, Rodriguez popped up to first, grounded to third twice, once with the bases loaded, and was intentionally walked — eliciting boos from Yankees fans — when the count went to 3-0 in the seventh.
Justin Wilson (1-0) pitched an inning for the win, and Andrew Miller earned his eighth save by finishing New York’s ninth victory in 11 games.
Evan Longoria’s streak of getting a hit in seven straight at-bats ended with a strikeout in the first inning with runners on second and third and one out. The Rays had only three more hits against Warren in 5 2-3 innings.
The former reliever struck out six and walked none in his best outing. His wild pitch in the sixth helped Tampa Bay tie the score, though.
“It’s still new to me in some ways,” Warren said. “I’m just trying to learn as much as possible and learn on the fly.”
Many Rays were wearing sweat shirts in the dugout and long sleeves under their uniforms in their first game played without the cover of a roof.
Tampa Bay had played 12 games in its domed stadium and two series at ballparks with a retractable roof (Toronto and Miami) that was closed.
“It was nice to be outside even though it got cold there at the end,” Cash said.
The Yankees took advantage of Nathan Karns’ sudden loss of control in the fifth to load the bases on two walks and an infield single. Gomes relieved and walked Brett Gardner to give New York the lead.
Gomes gave up McCann’s second homer of the season in the sixth. Stephen Drew followed a double by slumping Carlos Beltran with an RBI double off Everett Teaford for a 3-1 advantage. Jacoby Ellsbury was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth.
Karns yielded a run and three hits in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out five. “Right from the start I was trying to work around too much,” Karns said.
(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)