ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) – Austin Meadows made a two-race single and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 5-3 on Saturday to share a seven-entry doubleheader.
The Yankees won the first game of the day 8-4, when star Gerrit Cole missed a goal to collect his 20th straight win in the regular season.
Cole, who won his first three games since signing a $ 324 million contract for nine years in the off season, had a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning, but dropped out of three races with two eliminations on the scoreboard and he was pulled into off the hill due to a high frequency count.
In Game 2, the Rays used six pitchers in a bullpen game. Aaron Judge, who made his 8th home run of the season in Game 1, missed with a ball in the air to end the game.
Mike Ford hit for Yankees hitter Giancarlo Stanton on the left side Jalen Beeks in the sixth inning of the second game. Stanton, who also blew up his fence in the first game, had to leave with a tendon injury to his left thigh.
Stanton, who was limited to 18 games last season with illness, was injured during spring training this season and rehabilitated during a sports paralysis caused by the coronavirus pandemic at the Yankees complex in Tampa, Florida.
“It hurt, period,” said Yankees coach Aaron Boone. “I know what he did. Obviously, your game speaks for itself. I hope it’s something that won’t keep you away for long. “
In the first game, Cole was in control in the fifth. With two outs and a runner, the pitcher was 1-2 with Ji-Man Choi, who hit a double RBI.
José Martínez followed with a two-race homer on the 107th field of a visibly exhausted Cole. The star was incredulous on the hill and crouched when the Venezuelan’s blow left the stadium.
Shortly thereafter, Boone started walking slowly up the hill to replace Cole with Chad Green (2-0), who took the victory after allowing a 1/3 entry run.
“It was really good,” said Boone of Cole. “I give credit, they made it work. They cost him some mistakes in the end. “
Cole hit 10, walked and gave up six hits. His only defeat since May 2019 was in the first game of the World Series, in October last year, when he went to Houston against Washington.
In the first game, by the Yankees, Venezuelan Gleyber Torres 3-1 with a goal. Colombian Gio Urshela 2-2 with three RBIs. Dominican Gary Sánchez 2-0.
For the Rays, Cuban Yandy Díaz 4-1. Venezuelan Martinez 4-1 with one scored and two produced. Dominican Willy Adames 3-1.
In the second, for the Yankees, the Venezuelan Torres 3-1. Colombian Urshela 3-1 with a scheduled race.
For the Rays, the Venezuelan Martinez 4-1. Dominican Adames 2-0 scored. Puerto Rican Michael Perez 1-0.