- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Alex Colome wasn’t disappointed despite being roughed up by the New York Yankees’ in his latest start.

Colome gave up four of the Yankees’ five homers Monday night in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 11-5 loss. The right-hander allowed eight earned runs and 11 hits in six innings.

“I made my pitches, threw my fastball down and they swung. There’s nothing I can do,” he said. “The last (home run) was a fastball outside and (Brett Gardner) got it.”

Alex Rodriguez, Chase Headley and Carlos Beltran also homered off Colome (2-1), and Mark Teixeira had one off reliever Erasmo Ramirez in the ninth.

CC Sabathia won for the first time in more than a year and the Yankees beat the Rays for the fourth straight time at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay has lost six of seven to New York this season.

“There’s going to be some rough nights. Tonight obviously was a rough night for us,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “(Colome) threw a lot of strikes. They just came in ready to hit and didn’t miss many pitches. That’s a credit to their lineup.”

Logan Forsythe homered and drove in three runs for the Rays.

Rodriguez put the Yankees up 1-0 on his eighth homer this season and 662nd overall. He has 50 career home runs off Tampa Bay pitching in 209 games. He has reached base safely in 11 of 19 plate appearances this year in four road games against the Rays, with three homers, five RBIs and eight runs scored.

Rodriguez has 1,989 RBIs, three short of tying Babe Ruth for fourth place on the career list since RBIs became an official stat in 1920.

Headley, in the fourth, and Gardner, in the sixth, each had a three-run shot as the Yankees grabbed an 8-1 lead.

Sabathia (1-5) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings to stop a nine-start winless streak since a victory over Boston on April 24, 2014.

“(Sabathia) has pitched a lot better than his record shows,” Headley said. “Anytime you have run support it makes a pitcher’s job a lot easier.”

A-Rod was hit on the arm by Ramirez’s pitch in the ninth and scored on Teixeira’s two-run homer that made it 11-5.

Beltran has hit both of his homers in the past two days, including a solo drive Monday.

After Forsythe and Joey Butler hit consecutive solo homers off Sabathia during a three-run seventh, Forsythe cut the Rays’ deficit to 9-5 with a single in the eighth.

The game ended on a fly ball hit by Tim Beckham that struck a catwalk and landed in the glove of Yankee shortstop Didi Gregorius.


Yankees: OF Jacoby Ellsbury was rested. Manager Joe Girardi said the center fielder looks physically tired. … RHP Ivan Nova (elbow surgery) will start his third extended spring training game Tuesday and is expected back next month. … LHP Chris Capuano (quadriceps) is scheduled to throw around 90 pitches for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday night in what could be one of his last rehab starts. … INF Brendan Ryan (hamstring) hopes to start a rehab assignment next week.

Rays: Tampa Bay closer Jake McGee (elbow surgery) could return during a five-game road trip that begins Friday.


The Rays had gone a club-record 19 consecutive games allowing fewer than 10 hits, and 20 straight games allowing five runs or fewer. Both streaks ended Monday night.


The crowd of 10,619 was the smallest to see any of the 153 games the Yankees have played in 18 seasons at Tropicana Field. The previous low was 13,217 on May 2, 2005.


Yankees RHP Nathan Eovaldi (3-0) will face Rays RHP Chris Archer (3-4) on Tuesday night.

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