- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Halfway through the season, the Yankees have won about half their games.

Logan Forsythe hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 12th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat New York 4-3 Monday night despite squandering a late lead.

Brian Roberts tied it in the ninth with a one-out homer off Rays reliever Joel Peralta. But the scuffling Yankees were unable to muster any more offense and lost for the seventh time in nine games.

“They were able to get the big hits at the end and we weren’t,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve had two extremely tough losses on this homestand.”

As the third-place Yankees (41-40) hit the midpoint of their season just off the pace in the muddled AL East, general manager Brian Cashman reiterated he’s eager to upgrade the roster via trade.

“There are some things I need to do,” Cashman said before the game. “I’m ready to rock and roll. But again, I think those who have, are taking their time. Certain pieces, it’s been communicated that if they get what they want, which would be an extreme haul, they’re ready to move sooner than later. For those who want to step up and really pay the price a month before the (trade) deadline hits, obviously there’s going to be a higher price for that.”

Chris Archer nearly became the first pitcher in more than a century to win his first five outings against the Yankees. He went seven innings and was in line for the victory until Roberts homered.

The last pitcher to start his career 5-0 in five games against New York was Washington Senators Hall of Famer Walter Johnson from 1907-08 - back when the club was still called the Highlanders.

The 25-year-old Archer has a 1.51 ERA in 35 2-3 innings against the Yankees.

Rays pitchers finished June with 287 strikeouts - breaking the major league record for one month set by the Chicago Cubs, who had 286 in August 2002.

“It was so special,” Archer said. “We’re going to be etched in stone for a while.”

Brandon Guyer drew a two-out walk from Jose Ramirez (0-2) in the 12th and stole second. Forsythe lined the next pitch into center field, scoring Guyer easily.

Brad Boxberger (1-1) pitched two perfect innings for his first major league win in 72 appearances.

“We fought, we got a huge home run - we just couldn’t get one more big hit,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. “Once our offense clicks on a consistent basis, I think we’ll be tough to beat.”

Kevin Kiermaier homered in his third straight game and Matt Joyce also went deep for the resurgent Rays (36-49), who have their first three-game winning streak since taking a season-best four in a row May 22-25. They’ve won five of six overall and no longer own the worst record in the majors, a distinction that had belonged to them every day since June 4.

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