ST. PETERSBURG. Flash. – Gerrit Cole disbanded his bid without success in the eighth and Clay Holmes finally delivered a streak. It did not matter. After watching their bullpen gain a lead for the second day in a row, the Yankees simply rallied to the top of the ninth for a 4-2 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
It is the 13th time this season that the Yankees (50-17) respond with a victory after the defeat in a match. They have only lost three consecutive games this season and have not lost more than three games in a row. Reyes (36-31) have lost four straight games to the Yankees now and six of their last seven games. The Yankees improved to 25-11 against the American League East and are the first team in baseball to reach 50 wins.
Josh Donaldson outscored Jason Adam and scored when Manuel Margot kicked Aaron Hicks into the wall on the right. Margot fell against the wall and had to be removed after apparently injuring his knee. Hicks scored on Trevino’s sacrificial fly.
Isaac Paredes scores for the team of Cole after breaking the ball around in the box.
After Cole’s departure, Holmes left a double to bite the player who hits Francisco Mejia and allowed Paredes to score with the soft ground of Yadi Diaz back on the embankment. He was only the second 13-year-old runner-up that Holmes allowed to score this season. Holmes has seen the first series against him since April 8, when Manuel Margot won a short field goal. The franchise record fell to 31 consecutive pointsless scores and 29 appearances.
So Cole had nothing to show for a great night. The Yankees man was charged $ 324 million for that one-hit run and 7.1 innings. He walked three and achieved 12.
Cole withdrew from the first two batteries he encountered, but then Ji-Man Choi’s enemy took a six-course walk. He responded by hitting Randy Arozarena to finish the inning and then continuing to hit the next five strikers he faced. He had to work again out of the stretch in the fifth when he gave up a one-way ride to Brett Phillips, who was an emergency replacement for an injured Kevin Kiermaier. After taking a flyball from Isaac Paredes, he walked over to Josh Lowe. Cole hit the catcher Rene Pinto to get out of the jam.
The 31-year-old had been flirting with a perfect game earlier this month. Cole failed to score in the seventh period against the Tigers on June 3. Jonathan Schoop ruined Cole’s perfect night with two outs in the seventh. Schoop was grounded in the middle, just passed the glove of the second key DJ LeMahieu. That came after Jameson Taillon got a non-hitter in the eighth inning last night. It was the fourth time this season that a Yankee player has received an unsuccessful bid in the sixth inning or later.
His last start was also against Reyes, back in the Bronx. Cole threw six without a score, scoring seven and walking one. In three starts against the Rays this season, Cole allowed a winning run over 19.2 innings. Cole has won at least 10 batters in his last six starts at Tropicana Field, the longest such race by a pitcher visitor to venue.
It was not the only dominant show on Trop Monday night. Shane McClanahan kept the Yankees off balance for most of the night.
Anthony Rizzo made his first at-bat, his fourth home game in his last five games. It was Rizzo’s first blow from the young Rays left after he made 0-for-8 with two blows against him in previous meetings. She singled him out in the sixth.
That was all the Yankees got against McClanahan, who allowed a run in six job innings. He walked one and hit eight. The Yankees received four blows from above him.
The Yankees took their second row from Ryan Thompson in the seventh. Gleyber Torres doubled the lead with a cross coming in from the right, but the ball hit the post.