Jake Odorizzi pitched masterfully into the seventh inning, Logan Forsythe and Corey Dickerson hit solo homers in the first, and the Tampa Bay Rays cooled off the surging New York Yankees 5-1 on Friday night.
Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner was expected to be at game that saw scouts from many playoff contenders in attendance for the start of a three-game series with Monday's non-waiver trade deadline looming that could help determine if New York might join Tampa Bay as potential sellers.
The Yankees had won eight of 11 to get 3 1/2 games behind Boston for the second AL wild card.
Odorizzi (5-5) struck out five and allowed six hits over 6 2/3 innings. Alex Colome entered with two on and one out in the ninth, and got two straight outs for his 23rd save.
Ivan Nova (7-6) gave up five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.