NEW YORK (AP) – The last-place New York Yankees lost their fifth straight game as Yoshi Tsutsugo hit a tiebreaking double off Gerrit Cole in the seventh inning that lifted the Tampa Bay Rays to aSunday and a three-game sweep. Four pitchers combined on the Rays’ second three-hitter of a series in which New York managed 11 hits. Cole (2-1) was hurt by a slipshod defense that made three mistakes in the third inning alone, two by center fielder Aaron Hicks and one by left fielder Clint Frazier.
One of the three runs off Cole was unearned, giving the Yankees a major league-high 10.
Joey Wendle added a ninth-inningoff Darren O’Day, prompting more boos from the crowd of 10,606, who saved their loudest jeers for the final out.
Tampa Bay has won 16 of its last 21 against the Yankees, including in last year’s Division Series.
Newsince Sept. 4-8, getting outscored 30-14. The Yankees had started 5-10 for the first to Baltimore at 99-66.
Aaron Judge struck out three times and is 4 for his last 28, Hicks has one hit in his previous 15 at-bats, Gleyber Torres 3 in his last 24, and Giancarlo Stanton, despite a second-inning home run, is 3 for his previous 26. Clint Frazier is 1 for his last 24 and does not have an RBI in 40 plate appearances this.
The Rays swept a series for the second time in their last three visits toafter sweeping just two of their previous 51 series of three games or more in the Bronx.
Andrew Kittredge and allowed one run and two hits in five innings. Diego Castillo got four outs, and Jeffrey Springs pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.
Cole struck out 10 in 6 1/3 innings and, with 39 strikeouts, set a Yankees mark for most in his first four starts, with three more than Masahiro Tanaka in 2014.
Cole retired 13 in a row before Wendle singled with one out in the seventh. Tsutsugo followed by driving a changeup, Cole’s 108th and final pitch, to right-center, where the ball bounced to the wall for an. Tsutsugo was batting .146 then and was benched in the first two games of the series.
New York had been outscored 25-12 since Cole’s previous start and had not led since the second inning Wednesday against Toronto.
Tampa Bay went ahead 2-1 in the third after Mike Zuninooff. Hicks got a late break on Kevin Kiermaier’s to bloop to short center, then bobbled the ball and lost a . Yandy Díaz followed with an RBI single to center, and Hicks allowed the ball to kick off his glove for an that let Kiermaier take third, sparking another round of boos from the crowd. Manuel Margot followed a sacrifice fly that put the , and Frazier heaved the ball past the second as Díaz advanced.
Judge likely saved a run with a tumbling catch on Tsutsugo in right thaton.
New York tied it 2-2 in the fifth. Gio Urshela fouled off a pair of two-strike pitches and poked a changeup to the opposite field and into the right-field corner; no. 9 hitter Kyle Higashioka walked, and DJ LeMahieu looped an RBI single into right.
TEARING THE COVER OFF THE BALL
Rougned Odorenough in the fifth inning that the seams on the ball started to unravel by the time Yarbrough picked it up.
Rays:from the taxi squad. Yankees: 1B Luke Voit ( March 29) starts swinging a bat Tuesday. … RHP Domingo Germán will be recalled from the alternate training site this . … RHP Clarke Schmidt (strained right elbow) has responded to a cortisone shot, according to manager Aaron Boone, and should start throwing soon. … 3B-OF Miguel Andújar (muscle strain right hand) should start batting soon.
Rays: LHP Josh Fleming starts Monday at Kansas City. Fleming is from Bridgeton, Missouri, and expects about 12and 25 friends, many of whom have not seen him pitch since 2018 at Bowling Green. “Any time I hear screaming, I’ll going to be from there,” he said. Fleming’s parents, who will be on hand, were forced by the pandemic to watch his debut on television at a hotel across from Tropicana Field but did attend games. Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-1) starts an interleague on Tuesday against Atlanta and RHP Charlie Morton (1-1).
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