Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Magic Runs Out

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Magic Runs Out

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Out of necessity, Yankees manager Joe Girardi called on a group of his B-list relievers and attempted to quilt together a win.

But things began to unravel Tuesday night when Nick Franklin blasted a go-ahead, two-run homer off Nick Rumbelow in the sixth.

And when the Rays scored twice more in the eighth, the Yanks were hard-pressed to repeat their Monday night magic.

They tried anyway, but Brett Gardner flied out as the tying run to seal Tampa Bay's 6-3 win before 13,539 fans at Tropicana Field.

As joyous as the Yankees' clubhouse had been after Monday night's two-out, none-on, ninth-inning rally resulted in a 4-1 comeback win, Tuesday's postgame atmosphere was library quiet.

The Yankees (79-65) failed to cut into Toronto's three-game AL East lead after the Blue Jays' 3-2 loss to lowly Atlanta.

And a night after Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez no-hit the Yankees into the eighth inning, Tampa Bay (70-74) outhit them by a 13-5 count Tuesday night, although two of the Yanks' hits were a solo homer by Alex Rodriguez and a two-run blast by Greg Bird off starter Jake Odorizzi.

There's no Yankee more starved for a hit than leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury, whose 0-for-4 night plunged him into an 0-for-25 skid.

"I take a lot of pride in my game. I work hard," Ellsbury said. "You continue to work and try to do all the little things defensively, move runners over, run the bases. You're not always going to hit but you still try to play the game the right way."

Since Aug. 31, Ellsbury is just 5-for-55 (.091) but Girardi has no plans to rest him with 18 games remaining.

"He's got to fight through it," Girardi said. "This is a guy we really need."

Because of Nathan Eovaldi's likely season-ending elbow inflammation, Girardi needed to press Adam Warren into the rotation for the first time since June 25.

Warren yielded two runs over the first two innings on six hits, but retired the last seven batters he faced and handed off a 3-2 lead to the bullpen. …

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