Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Live Blog: Updates and Analysis

Nate LevinsonCorrespondent IJune 22, 2013

On Friday night, thanks in part to a big night from recent call-up Zoilo Almonte, the New York Yankees evened their four game series with the Tampa Rays at one game a piece.

On Thursday afternoon, CC Sabathia took the mound for the Yankees while rookie Alex Colome pitched for the visiting Rays.

Thanks to diminished velocity from previous years, Sabathia has had an up and down 2013 campaign. In his last start against the Rays, the big lefty gave up seven runs over seven innings.

For the Rays, Colome made his second career start in the Major Leagues and will look to continue the success of his first appearance. In his MLB debut against the Miami Marlins, he struck out seven and allowed zero earned runs over five and two-thirds innings.

On Thursday, he struggled more against a team that isn't bound for a No. 1 pick in next year's draft.

Colome got into trouble in each of the first three innings and finally got burned in the third inning when Almonte got to him for a bases loaded single.

The Yankees tacked on a run in the fourth, but their lead was erased and CC's struggles continued when Wil Meyers hit his first career home run off him, a grand slam, in the sixth inning.

The Rays' lead didn't last long, though, as Vernon Wells cleared the bases with a three-run double as part of four run eighth inning for the Yankees.

Mariano Rivera came on to close it out in the ninth and nailed down the save. It was his 40th straight at home and gave the Yankees a two games to one series lead.

They'll look to make it three out of four against the Rays on Sunday afternoon as Ivan Nova takes the mound against Chris Archer.