- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Archer cut loose a slider, and Alex Rodriguez swung over it for the final out of the fifth inning, the 2,287th and perhaps final strikeout of his big league career.

“I was trying to be kind of humble and reserved about it before,” the Tampa Bay pitcher said. “It definitely means something. Growing up I wore No. 13 in Little League, I played shortstop and wore big Oakleys. Kind of getting chills thinking about it.”

Rodriguez played his final game for the Yankees in the Rays’ 6-3 loss Friday night and will be released by a New York team pivoting toward youth. The 41-year-old designated hitter went 1 for 4 with a tying RBI double in the first off Archer and returned to third base for the first out of the ninth inning, leaving to a prolonged ovation from the sellout crowd of 46,459 after Mikie Mahtook’s leadoff strikeout.

“He’s had some trivial things go on throughout his career, but he’s always treated me with respect, and my parents have always taught me to judge somebody based off how they treat you personally,” Archer said. “It’s going to mean something to me and my parents, my closest friends, ‘cause we all admired A-Rod growing up.”

Starlin Castro had four RBIs for the Yankees, hitting a two-run single in the fourth and a two-run homer in the sixth. Both drives came off Archer (6-16), who leads the major leagues in losses.

Evan Longoria homered in the first against CC Sabathia (7-9) and singled for a 2-1 lead in the third. Logan Forsythe’s sacrifice fly tied the score in the fifth, an inning before Castro’s home run just over the reach of Mahtook in center.

Dellin Betances struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

Tampa, Florida, is the Yankees’ second home, site of their spring training ballpark and minor league complex. While not rivals like the Yankees and Boston Red Sox, the Rays and Yanks are sort of neighbors, and A-Rod’s 56 home runs are the most by a player against Tampa Bay.

Longoria paid tribute to Rodriguez by saying he looked forward to playing the Yankees without him.

“He’s done a lot of damage against us in the past, so I’m not sad that he’s not going to be in their lineup anymore,” Longoria said. “It’s one less threat over there.”

Rays manager Kevin Cash did not think his team was disrupted by Rodriguez’s ninth-inning move to third and the 2-minute break when he was replaced by rookie Ronald Torreyes.

“When you put the type of career that he’s put together, I definitely think he’s earned every bit of that,” Cash said. “I was happy for him. The fans were amazing. It felt like old Yankee Stadium out there today with the amount of people and the energy. Pretty special.”

WELCOME STOP

Longoria has 15 homers at the new Yankee Stadium and 43 RBIs - the most RBIs by a visiting player.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: SS Matt Duffy (strained left Achilles) was activated from the 15-day DL and went 1 for 4. … OF Kevin Kiermaier missed the game because of a stomach virus. … OF Oswaldo Arcia (strained right elbow) had two hits, including a two-run homer, in four at-bats for Class A Charlotte. 1B Logan Morrison (strained right forearm) went 2 for 4 in the same game against Fort Myers.

UP NEXT

RHP Matt Andriese (6-3) starts Saturday for the Rays, and RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-4) for the Yankees. Andriese has lost his last three decisions, including one as a reliever.

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