Ramirez stifles sloppy Yanks as Rays stop 7-game slide, 8-1

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 05: Erasmo Ramirez #30 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 5, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

NEW YORK— Erasmo Ramirez pitched out of early trouble in his latest effective outing against the New York Yankees, and the Tampa Bay Rays took advantage of some shoddy defense for an 8-1 victory Sunday that snapped their longest losing streak of the season at seven games.

James Loney and Logan Forsythe each had a two-run single for the Rays, who had dropped 11 of 13 while falling out of first place in the AL East. They salvaged the finale of a frustrating series at Yankee Stadium that included walk-off defeats in the first two games.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 670th home run, the only damage against Ramirez (7-3) in six innings. Yankees hitters entered 2 for 27 (.074) against the right-hander this year and didn’t fare much better.

About the only bad news for the Rays all afternoon came in a four-run eighth, when rookie outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was hit by a pitch on the right hand. He remained in the game initially, but was removed in the bottom half.