Rays Spring Skid Reaches Seven In Tampa

TAMPA (620 WDAE) -- Matt Andriese allowed six earned runs while failing to get out of the fifth inning, and Aaron Hicks and Ruben Tejada both homered for the New York Yankees, who extended the Tampa Bay Rays winless streak to seven straight games with a 7-4 decision at Steinbrenner Field Sunday.

Andriese allowed a run in the bottom of the second, and after the Rays took the lead in the top of the third on a two-run single by Brad Miller, New York pounced for three more runs in the bottom of the inning on base hits from Aaron Hicks, Greg Bird and Austin Romine.

A missed catch by Tejada in the fourth on a Kozma throw allowed Tampa Bay to get back to with a single run, but Hicks' two-run blast off Andriese in the bottom of the inning stretched the deficit back to three runs.

Tejada made it 7-3 with a solo homer off reliever Jumbo Diaz.

The Rays got back to 7-4 in the top of the eighth with an RBI double by Angel Moreno that scored Mallex Smith, but could get no closer as they fell to 11-15-3 in the Grapefruit League.

In order to salvage a .500 record, Tampa Bay mist win the remaining four games on the schedule, starting Tuesday in Fort Myers against he Minnesota Twins.  Chris Archer will make his final start of the spring, taking on Nick Tepesch.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:05. 

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