Fernando Rodney Blows Another Save, Yankees Rally For Win in 11th
Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney blew his fifth save of the season and the New York Yankees rallied to an 11th inning win 4-3.
Rodney is just 9 for 14 in save chances this year after converting 48 of 50 opportunities last season.
“This has been really awkward to watch,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s been within one pitch of almost being perfect this season. Three of the blown saves have come down to the last pitch. I’ve not lost any patience with it. As long as he doesn’t lose confidence in himself, I will not lose confidence in him.”
Tampa Bay took a 3-1 lead in the seventh when James Loney singled to left. Matt Joyce then doubled to right setting up Kelly Johnson‘s single to score Loney. Joyce would score on a Yunel Escobar fielder’s choice to give Tampa Bay a two-run advantage.