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

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gerrit Cole made a run at history on Monday — and then the Yankees got a huge hit from Aaron Hicks and a gutsy performance from Wandy Peralta to hold on and beat the Rays, 4-2.

After Cole took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, the Yankees gave back a two-run lead, but Hicks — in the midst of a rough season — delivered an RBI triple in the top of the ninth for the go-ahead run.

Jose Trevino followed with a sacrifice fly to score Hicks and give the Yankees a two-run lead.

The Yankees held on in the bottom of the inning, as Peralta walked Vidal Brujan to lead off. Pinch-hitter Harold Ramirez flied to right and Isaac Paredes followed with a grounder to third.

Instead of a potential game-ending double play, DJ LeMahieu threw wildly to second and everyone was safe.

Peralta struck out Josh Lowe for the second out and got 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 start in franchise history.

Gleyber Torres reacts during the Yankees’ win over the Rays.
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They’ve won 10 of 11 and avoided losing consecutive games, which they haven’t done since dropping a pair to the Rays here on May 28-29.

Cole and Tampa Bay lefty Shane McClanahan were locked in a pitchers’ duel for much of the night, as Cole, who earlier this month took a perfect game into the seventh against the Tigers, didn’t allow a hit until Paredes led off the bottom of the eighth with a clean single to center.

After Lowe flied out to deep center, where Aaron Judge made a fine running catch, Clay Holmes came in and gave up a pinch-hit double to Mejia, sending Paredes to third.

Paredes scored on a Yandy Diaz chopper.

Holmes got Manuel Margot to hit a slow grounder, but it went for an infield hit to score Mejia and tie the game at 2-2.

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Gerrit Cole had a no-hitter into the eight inning of the Yankees’ win over the Rays on Monday.
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It was the first run given up by Holmes since his first outing of the year, snapping a streak of 29 consecutive appearances without allowing a run — which broke Mariano Rivera’s franchise record.

Holmes then walked Ji-Man Choi, but got Randy Arozarena swinging to keep the game tied.

Cole fanned a season-high 12 against a reeling Rays team that has lost six of seven.

He walked Choi with two outs in the bottom of the first and struck out the next six batters and eight of the next nine.

The Yankees gave Cole an early lead when Anthony Rizzo hit a two-out solo homer in the first. The 410-foot shot to right was Rizzo’s fourth home run in his last five games.

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

Aaron Hicks

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

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

Cole issued a pair of walks in the fifth — including one with two outs to Lowe that featured some close pitches. But Cole rebounded and whiffed Rene Pinto to end the inning having thrown 86 pitches.

The Yankees threatened again in the seventh, when Ryan Thompson replaced McClanahan and Gleyber Torres led off with a double to right.

With Donaldson up, Torres stole third without a throw, forcing the Rays to bring the infield in. But Donaldson and Hicks struck out looking before Trevino hit a chopper toward shortstop.

Brujan made a nice play and throw, but Choi dropped it, which allowed Torres to score and the Yankees to go up, 2-0.

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