Eflin’s Dominant Performance
Zach Eflin delivered a standout performance on the mound, throwing six innings without allowing a run, giving up just three hits, and fanning five batters. This win marked his 12th of the season, making him the first pitcher in the American League to reach that milestone this year. His mastery on the mound set the tone for the Tampa Bay Rays as they defeated the New York Yankees 5-2 on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Arozarena’s Two-Run Blast
Randy Arozarena’s two-run homer off Carlos Rodón in the third inning was a highlight of the game, extending the Rays’ lead to 4-0. Arozarena’s blast to left field, which scored Harold Ramírez, showcased his power and ability to come through in key moments.
2nd Inning: Manuel Margot hit a ground-rule double, scoring Isaac Paredes and advancing Brandon Lowe to third, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead.
3rd Inning: Yandy Díaz homered to right-center, followed by Arozarena’s two-run homer, extending the lead to 4-0.
5th Inning: Brandon Lowe singled to right, scoring Wander Franco, making it 5-0.
9th Inning: The Yankees attempted a late rally with Gleyber Torres doubling to left, scoring Harrison Bader, and DJ LeMahieu reaching on an infield single, scoring Torres. The game ended 5-2.
Strong Bullpen Performance
The Rays’ bullpen continued to impress, with Shawn Armstrong and Colin Poche providing solid relief. Pete Fairbanks recorded the final out, earning his 14th save of the season.
Carlos Rodón struggled in his 4-inning outing, allowing four hits, four earned runs, and walking four. The Yankees’ offense was largely stifled, managing to score only in the ninth inning.
The Rays now lead the series 2-0 and will look to continue their momentum in Game 3. The Yankees, on the other hand, will aim to bounce back and salvage the series.