Ryan Yarbrough ended a 24-start winless skid with Tampa Bay’s first full game in more than five years, Austin Meadows knocked out unstable Yankees Gerrit Cole in a five-and-a-half and the Rays beat New York to a 9- beat by 2
NEW YORK – Ryan Yarbrough ended a 24-start winless skid with Tampa Bay’s first full game in more than five years, Austin Meadows kicked out unstable Yankees Gerrit Cole and went into five and the Rays. beat New York 9-2 on Thursday.
The AL pre-leading Rays saved a four-game split, improving 10-3 at Yankee Stadium since the start of last season.
New York fell 4 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay and dropped seven for 10, entering the weekend series against rival Red Sox.
Meadows won the series three times, including defeating Cole by two runs in the fourth inning. He added a three-run double on Nick Nelson in the seventh.
Cole (6-3) had the worst match of the season conceding five runs in five innings.
Yarbrough (3-3) had not started since August 11, 2019, when he scored a career-high 8 2/3 innings in a 1-0 win over Seattle.
The left-hander ended it himself, throwing a career-high 113 pitches. He survived a critical jam in the fourth and allowed solo homers to Brett Gardner and Miguel Andozer, but otherwise cruised. The 29-year-old allowed two runs and six hits, did not run and scored six.
Tampa Bay had not thrown a full game since Matt Andries’ two-hit shutout to Oakland on May 14, 2016, a major league record of 731 games. Toronto has now gone the longest at 231 games.
Yarbrough stole several strikes from the outside corner, taking advantage of plate umpire Chad Whitson’s friendly zone. Yankees manager Aaron Boone was kicked out after Whitson was reprimanded during a pitching change in the seventh.
Cole entered with an AL-best 1.78 ERA and dominated Tampa Bay in their last meeting, scoring 12 runs in eight scoreless innings on May 12.
He wasn’t nearly as fast on Thursday. Meadows put up Ray 2–1 in the fourth, and Tampa Bay later struck 5–1 on an RBI single from Brandon Lowe and a two-run hit from Yandy Diaz.
Cole was replaced in sixth place after 92 pitches. He scored seven runs, scored two runs and allowed five hits. His ERA increased from 1.78 to 2.26.
Meadows has five players in seven games and 14 for the season. He leads the team with 44 RBIs.
Yarbrough allowed no-out hits to Aaron Judge and Gio Ursella in the fourth but both were trapped to maintain a 2-1 lead. Rugged Odor exited for a foul, then Yarbrough hit Clint Frazier and Andujar with second and third place runners.
Gardner’s homer was his first season. Andozer’s shot was his third shot this year, all in the four-match series.
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton was dropped from the lineup for the second time in three days. He is 1 for 16 with nine strikes in five matches since returning from a left quadriceps strain.
The star-studded Yankees lineup has been held on to five runs or less in 11 straight games, and even hardcore leadoff hitter DJ Lemhieu has shown dismay this week. He jaw-dropped at Whitson after a flashy strikeout in the eighth, then began tossing equipment around the dugout for the second time in three games.
The two-time batting champions were 1 for 4 and are hitting .255.
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Rays manager Kevin Cash said he had no problem with rookie Shane McClanahan’s dugout tirade after a left-arm pull in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s 4-3 loss. McLellan was yelling at pitching coach Kyle Snyder.
“We can all appreciate the intensity of the emotion,” Cash said. “We are fortunate to have got this kind of mindset from such a young player.”
Rays: 1B Ji-Man Choi was left out of the lineup due to a groin injury, the severity of which was still to be determined. Choi has taken 8 wickets for 12 wickets in a career with three homers against Cole.
Yankees: Second opinion results for RHP Corey Kluber’s right shoulder strain were slightly more optimistic than the initial diagnosis. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner is expected to resume on level ground over the next few days, although he is unlikely to return until at least the end of July. … LHP Jack Britton (elbow) felt good the day after a rehab appearance with Double-A Somerset. He is set to throw again on Saturday.
Rays: Return to Texas for the first time since playing in last year’s Neutral Sight World Series. Rangers will start RHP Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.24) in the opener Friday night. Tampa Bay did not announce a starter.
Yankees: New York did not decide who would pitch Friday night in the first match of a three-match home series against rival Red Sox. RHP Nathan Iovaldi (6-2, 4.01) is ready to pitch for Boston.
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