The Tampa Bay Rays are once again a half game behind the New York Yankees. In the first of their three game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-3.

On the second pitch of the ninth inning Dan Wheeler gave up a solo home run to Brandon Wood which turned out to be the deciding run in the game. It was Wood’s first home run since June 27. In his post-game interview Rays Manager Joe Maddon said he was trying not to use Closer Rafael Soriano unless it was an actual save situation.

Dan Haren threw 115 pitches in seven innings for the Angels but received no decision in the game. He also recorded 10 strikeouts in the game. The winning pitcher for the Angels was Michael Kohn. Fernando Rodney pitched his 11th save of the year.

The Rays tied the game 3-3 in the sixth inning and looked to be gaining momentum in the game. In the bottom of the eight the Rays had the bases loaded with two outs but Dan Johnson was called out on strikes.

Hopefully the Rays don’t play any postseason games on Friday. The Rays are 6-17 on Fridays this season.

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