NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) -- Jason Bartlett touched off a 15-hit onslaught with a first-inning homer Wednesday and the Tampa Bay Rays outslugged the New York Yankees 10-6.
In an anticipated meeting between the defending World Series champions and the most surprising team of the year, the Rays jumped to an early 6-0 lead and stunned the Yankees with six stolen bases while winning their fifth straight.
Tampa Bay improved its road record to 16-4 and handed New York just its fifth home loss of the season.
Bartlett's homer came on the second pitch of the game from A.J. Burnett (4-2). A two-run double by John Jaso highlighted a four-run fourth and the Rays added four more in the eighth to take a 10-2 lead into the final frame.
New York scored four times in the ninth off Andy Sonnanstine and had runners on first and second with two out before Joaquin Benoit came on to strike out Juan Miranda and grab his first save.
Wade Davis (4-3) got the win, giving up two runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over 5 2/3.
New York has lost back-to-back home games for the first time this season and the Yankees fell four games behind the division-leading Rays in the American League East.