On a night in Derek Jeter might yet get his 3,000th hit, the Tampa Bay Rays seemed in the process of getting 3,000 hits off Bartolo Colon, and might have if Joe Girardi hadn't yanked him with two out in the sixth.
Through five innings, the big man was uncharacteristically hittable, allowing five runs and nine hits, none of them cheapies. Ben Zobrist led off the game with a triple and scored on Evan Longoria's hard single; two innings later, Zobrist crushed a solo home run into the right-field bleachers (Zobrist's third time up, Colon wisely pitched around him, walking him on four pitches). And in the fifth inning, B.J. Upton homered to left with Casey Kotchman aboard to give the Rays a 5-0 lead.
One out after Colon allowed a season-high 10th hit in the sixth, Girardi replaced him with Hector Noesi. Colon's line tonight: 5-2/3 IP, 5ER, 10H, 4BBs, just 1K.