Yankees offense struggles again with Sonny Gray on mound

With Yankees vs. Rays moved to Citi Field LIRR extends service

With Yankees vs. Rays moved to Citi Field LIRR extends service

- Second baseman Starlin Castro was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, leaving him 0-for-11 in his last three games and 2-for-26 in his last six. Even so, Tampa Bay looks to be the play here. The Rays dropped four games behind the Twins with 17 remaining.

The second game of a three-game series relocated from Tropicana Field due to Hurricane Irma's impact on Florida' Gulf Coast was a taut, October-worthy pitchers' duel after the Yankees and Rays swapped runs in the first inning, when New York's Matt Holliday laced an RBI double and Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier hit a leadoff homer.

Tommy Hunter (3-5) pitched one inning to give Tampa Bay, on the fringe of the AL wild-card race, its second win in six games.

Opening a stretch that has 17 of their final 20 games in NY, the Yankees closed within three games of Boston in the AL East and opened a four-game lead over Minnesota for the top AL wild card.

NY is coming up huge lately with the Red Sox well within grasp so I'll go with the hotter team... Gray allowed two solo home runs in Tuesday night's loss, but otherwise was spectacular and everything the Yankees had hoped for.

The Rays usually would be reassured by the presence of their ace Archer (9-9, 4.00 ERA) on the mound. After raising concern in walking off the mound September 2 due to forearm tightness, Archer insisted he felt good but just pitched badly in Boston. An MRI showed no damage, and Archer said following his Friday start that he had no physical issues. "But I have to execute better".

Garcia (5-9, 4.43 ERA between the Yankees, Twins and Atlanta Braves) last pitched on August 30, when he allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings as NY fell to the Cleveland Indians 2-1. The 27-year-old has made eight starts for the Yankees since being acquired in a trade with the A's prior to the July 31 trade deadline. In five of those starts, the Yankees have scored one run or less. Boston now has a four-game lead on the Yankees.

Gray (9-10) took the hard-luck complete game loss despite allowing only five hits and one walk while striking out nine in eight innings.

Garcia has never faced the Rays.

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