Yankees fall to Rays as surprising decision backfires

Yankees fall to Rays as surprising decision backfires


The decision to use Deivi Garcia for the first inning only would have worked a lot better had J.A. Happ not followed the neophyte with a miserable outing.

Aaron Boone waited until Monday to disclose Garcia would be his ALDS Game 2 starter on Tuesday night against the Rays at Petco Park and didn’t hint the right-hander would be used as an opener.

Garcia gave up a homer to Randy Arozarena in the first but what Happ did after played a big part in the Rays evening the best-of-five affair with a 7-5 victory in San Diego.

Game 3 is Wednesday night with the series even at 1-1. Masahiro Tanaka starts for the Yankees on six days rest and the Rays will send right-hander Charlie Martin to the mound. It will be Morton’s first action since Sept. 25.

Happ’s ineffectiveness wasted a two-homer, four-RBI night by Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton homered off Tyler Glasnow in the second and the fourth when he unloaded a 458-foot three run homer that cut the Rays’ lead to 5-4.

Stanton’s first five hits of the postseason were homers.

Happ, a free agent, gave up five runs and four hits (two homers) in 2 2/3 innings. Jonathan Loaisiga allowed the runner he inherited from Adam Ottavino to score in the fifth and gave up a homer to Austin Meadows in the sixth that stretched the Rays’ lead to 7-4.

Peter Fairbanks walked Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres to start the ninth. That brought Clint Frazier to the plate as the potential tying run. He whiffed on a 3-2 pitch clocked at 99-mph. Gary Sanchez, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, swung through a 99-mph heater for the second out and DJ LeMahieu singled home Urshela to make it 7-5.

That brought Aaron Judge to the plate and he finished 0-for-5 with a ground out to third.

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