Edwin Jackson could not beat the Yanks for the second time this season. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
Losing two straight games to the Yankees may be a downer, but more importantly, the Rays' AL East lead over the Red Sox decreased to three games. And in a first in MLB history, instant replay was used in the ninth inning on the two-run homer that Rays closer Troy Percival gave up to Alex Rodriguez.
BATTING 2B: Cano (28, Jackson, E), Rodriguez, I (18, Jackson, E), Abreu (36, Jackson, E), Rodriguez, Al (32, Jackson, E), Giambi
(15, Jackson, E). HR: Rodriguez, Al (31, 9th inning off Percival, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Cano 3; Matsui; Giambi 2; Jeter; Damon; Rodriguez, Al 7; Rodriguez, I 2; Abreu 3. RBI: Cano (61), Rodriguez, I (35), Rodriguez, Al 4 (90), Giambi (87), Matsui (44). 2-out RBI: Cano; Rodriguez, I; Matsui; Rodriguez, Al 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, Al; Damon; Rodriguez, I; Nady. Team RISP: 7-for-14. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Abreu 2 (18, 2nd base off Jackson, E/Navarro, D, 2nd base off Percival/Navarro, D), Damon (26, 2nd base off Jackson,
E/Navarro, D). CS: Rodriguez, Al (3, 2nd base by Balfour/Navarro, D).