The New York Yankees (45-16) defeated the Tampa Bay Rays (35-26) 2-0 in the first game of a three game series on Tuesday night.
The Yanks got all the offense they would need in the fourth inning. With one out, Giancarlo Stanton walked before Gleyber Torres reached on a fielding error by right fielder Manuel Margot. Matt Carpenter then struck out swinging, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled to left field. Stanton and Torres were both able to score, and Kiner-Falefa reached second, on a throwing error back to the infield from left fielder Randy Arozarena.
Corey Kluber (3-3, 3.50) was the tough luck loser, allowing only two unearned runs in six innings of work on four hits while striking out three and walking one. Gerrit Cole (6-1, 3.33) kept the Rays batters guessing all night, pitching six shutout innings in which he allowed just five hits while striking out seven and walking one.
The Rays now look to bounce back in the second game of the three game series on Wednesday night. First pitch Wednesday is scheduled for 7:05 PM - Neil Solondz begins pregame coverage from New York at 6:30 PM on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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