Raith rue Graham error
An own goal from Brian Graham condemned Raith to their fourth consecutive defeat and saw Ayr move above their counterparts in Division One courtesy of the 1-0 win.
The visitors went ahead when Michael McGowan whipped in a dangerous free-kick in the 10th minute, which Graham diverted into his own net under pressure from defender Eddie Malone.
McGowan almost got a second after 28 minutes, but his shot across goal was well saved by David McGurn.
McGurn was again called upon midway through the second half to brilliantly keep out Alan Trouten's shot from the edge of the area as the Honest Men sought to double their lead.
The home side's best chance fell to Laurence Ellis, whose header from Allan Walker's corner was straight at Kevin Cuthbert.
Raith 0-1 Ayr: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statictics of the game as it happened.