With Brett Gardner on base after a one-out walk, the Yankees' second baseman launched a 91-mph offering for a line-drive home run that easily cleared the center-field wall, lifting the Yanks to a 2-1 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field on Sunday.
"I feel really good, especially that we won the game," Castro said. "Gardy had a nice walk, and I was just looking for pitches that I could drive. [Odorizzi] did a great job and made good pitches today, all his pitches. He was really good. I was just looking for one pitch I could drive, and that's what happened."
The homer accounted for the Yankees' only hit of the game, marking the first time since July 10, 1914, that they won a game with only one hit.
Odorizzi's strong outing ended after the seventh, with the one hit, the walk and Dustin Ackley reaching on an error earlier in the game being his only blemishes. He struck out six but saw his record fall to 2-3.
"Their guy was good, but we have to find a way to get some more runs there," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. "You get beat by one hit, that's a difficult pill to swallow. But we'll bounce back."
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Castro busts it up: Odorizzi had faced the minimum through six innings, but Gardner worked a one-out walk in the seventh before Castro spoiled the right-hander's afternoon with his seventh home run of the year. The blast snapped a 14-at-bat hitless streak for Castro and marked his 17th extra-base hit of the season.
"It's a big boost," Gardner said. "We obviously had trouble getting anything going against [Odorizzi], but I was able to get a walk, and then Starlin with one swing of the bat put us on top. Even though it's only one run, our momentum shifts, and we feel good about those guys in the bullpen." More >
Eovaldi holds them to one: As sharp as Odorizzi was, Eovaldi kept pace, regularly hitting 100 mph in another impressive effort. He did have some late trouble to pitch around, as he stranded two men in the fifth and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, keeping Tampa Bay from extending its lead. It was the fifth straight start in which Eovaldi has permitted three runs or fewer.
"I know that sixth inning, I was happy that Joe [Girardi] left me out there," Eovaldi said. "I needed to bear down and get out of there. I felt like if I could get out of that situation with no runs, then we were going to come back and win that game."
Miller's bobble ends perfect bid: With Odorizzi still perfect with one out in the top of the sixth, Ackley hit a sharp grounder to Brad Miller. The shortstop fumbled the ball and double clutched, one-hopping a throw to first baseman Logan Morrison too late to throw out Ackley. Miller was charged with an error on the play, which was ruled to stand by a video review.
"I thought he had to go to his right, probably couldn't get a lot on the throw, so I understand why they [called it an error]," Yankees manager Girardi said. "I thought it would be called a hit, though."
"I didn't even watch it, I just kind of knew it came off pretty hot. I can't even tell you where it went out or anything like that." -- Odorizzi, on Castro's homer
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The Rays saw 68 fastballs from Yankees pitchers, all in excess of 95 mph. The hardest pitch the Yankees saw from Odorizzi, however, was 94 mph.
Tampa Bay's loss after surrendering just one hit was the third time that's happened this year in the Majors. Kansas City (April 29 at Seattle) and Seattle (April 4 against Texas) also fell despite nearly unhittable pitching.
The Rays successfully challenged a call at first base in the fifth inning, as Curt Casali was initially ruled out on a ground ball to Castro. A review of 54 seconds determined that Casali reached first base before Castro's throw was received by first baseman Ackley. The play was scored an error on Castro, who bobbled the grounder.
In the sixth inning, the Rays challenged again as Ackley reached first base on a ground ball to Miller. After a review of one minute and 25 seconds, the call on the field was ruled to stand. Ackley was the first Yankee to reach base against Odorizzi.
WHAT'S NEXT Yankees: The Yanks travel to Toronto, opening a three-game series with the Blue Jays on Monday at 7:07 p.m. ET. Ivan Nova (3-2, 3.65 ERA) will face the Jays for the second straight start, having gotten the loss his last time out. Marco Estrada (2-2, 2.76 ERA) goes for Toronto.
Rays: Tampa Bay hits the road to take on Kansas City as right-hander Matt Andriese looks to start the year 4-0 in his fifth start at 8:15 p.m. ET. Ian Kennedy (4-3, 3.38 ERA) will take the bump for the Royals, who seek their sixth straight series win.