Jose Lobaton hit a homer and drove in four runs as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Yankees 7-2 to end New York’s five-game Major League Baseball winning streak.
Lobaton hit a three-run homer last night in the second inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. He added a run-scoring single in the fourth to give the Rays a 6-1 lead.
Evan Longoria, Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist added solo home runs for Rays. All of Tampa’s homers came off Hiroki Kuroda (11-9), who gave up seven runs on nine hits in six innings.
Alfonso Soriano had a run-scoring single for the Yankees and Robinson Cano drove in New York’s other run on a groundout.
Rays rookie Chris Archer (7-5) beat the Yankees for the third time this season, giving up two runs on four hits in seven innings.
The Yankees (68-60) are in fourth place in the American League East, six games behind the Rays (73-53) and the Boston Red Sox (75-55), who lost 2-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers to lose sole possession of the division lead.