Yankees slip past Rays after Gerrit Cole flirts with no-hitter

Yankees slip past Rays after Gerrit Cole flirts with no-hitter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gerrit Cole made a run at historical past on Monday — after which the Yankees acquired an enormous hit from Aaron Hicks and a gutsy efficiency from Wandy Peralta to carry on and beat the Rays, 4-2.

After Cole took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, the Yankees gave again a two-run lead, however Hicks — within the midst of a tough season — delivered an RBI triple within the high of the ninth for the go-ahead run.

Jose Trevino adopted with a sacrifice fly to attain Hicks and provides the Yankees a two-run lead.

The Yankees held on within the backside of the inning, as Peralta walked Vidal Brujan to guide off. Pinch-hitter Harold Ramirez flied to proper and Isaac Paredes adopted with a grounder to 3rd.

As an alternative of a possible game-ending double play, DJ LeMahieu threw wildly to second and everybody was secure.

Peralta struck out Josh Lowe for the second out and acquired Francisco Mejia to fly out for the save.

With the win, the Yankees improved to 50-17, matching 1998 for the third-best 67-game begin in franchise historical past.

Gleyber Torres reacts through the Yankees’ win over the Rays.Getty Photographs

They’ve gained 10 of 11 and prevented dropping consecutive video games, which they haven’t achieved since dropping a pair to the Rays right here on Could 28-29.

Cole and Tampa Bay lefty Shane McClanahan have been locked in a pitchers’ duel for a lot of the night time, as Cole, who earlier this month took an ideal sport into the seventh towards the Tigers, didn’t permit a success till Paredes led off the underside of the eighth with a clear single to heart.

After Lowe flied out to deep heart, the place Aaron Choose made a advantageous operating catch, Clay Holmes got here in and gave up a pinch-hit double to Mejia, sending Paredes to 3rd.

Paredes scored on a Yandy Diaz chopper.

Holmes acquired Manuel Margot to hit a sluggish grounder, nevertheless it went for an infield hit to attain Mejia and tie the sport at 2-2.

Gerrit Cole had a no-hitter into the eight inning of the Yankees’ win over the Rays on Monday.Getty Photographs

It was the primary run given up by Holmes since his first outing of the 12 months, snapping a streak of 29 consecutive appearances with out permitting a run — which broke Mariano Rivera’s franchise report.

Holmes then walked Ji-Man Choi, however acquired Randy Arozarena swinging to maintain the sport tied.

Cole fanned a season-high 12 towards a reeling Rays group that has misplaced six of seven.

He walked Choi with two outs within the backside of the primary and struck out the subsequent six batters and eight of the subsequent 9.

The Yankees gave Cole an early lead when Anthony Rizzo hit a two-out solo homer within the first. The 410-foot shot to proper was Rizzo’s fourth dwelling run in his final 5 video games.

McClanahan then retired 11 in a row till Donaldson and Hicks singled with one out within the fifth.

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Trevino drew a four-pitch stroll to load the bases for Marwin Gonzalez.

McClanahan acquired Gonzalez to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Cole issued a pair of walks within the fifth — together with one with two outs to Lowe that featured some shut pitches. However Cole rebounded and whiffed Rene Pinto to finish the inning having thrown 86 pitches.

The Yankees threatened once more within the seventh, when Ryan Thompson changed McClanahan and Gleyber Torres led off with a double to proper.

With Donaldson up, Torres stole third with out a throw, forcing the Rays to carry the infield in. However Donaldson and Hicks struck out trying earlier than Trevino hit a chopper towards shortstop.

Brujan made a pleasant play and throw, however Choi dropped it, which allowed Torres to attain and the Yankees to go up, 2-0.

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