NEW YORK – Rich Hill rounded off May with the best earned runs average for a pitcher in his 40s in 75 years and the Tampa Bay Rays posted a 16th win in 17 games on Monday after defeating the Yankees from New York 3-1.
Hill (4-2), a 41-year-old southpaw who is the oldest active player in Florida franchise history, took his record to 3-0 this season against the Yankees. He made just 56 shots and conceded just three hits in five innings at the mound. Five of the Yankees’ top 16 hitters started on their first shot, and six more on their second offering.
Hill was 3-1 with an average of 0.78 in six starts in May. This performance helped him take third place in monthly earned runs average among senior pitchers in his 40s.
Cincinnati Reds gunner Eppa Rixey (0.60 in August 1933), then 41, and Washington Senators Johnny Niggeling (0.64 in May 1946), 42, beat him according to STATS . Hill nonetheless lowered his cumulative average this season to 3.32.
Rays manager Kevin Cash replaced him with Michael Wacha in the sixth inning, bringing the Florida club’s record streak to 729 games without a full game. The latest to accomplish the feat was Matt Andriese in a shutout against the Oakland Athletics on May 14, 2016.
Miguel Andujar slammed a homer in the seventh inning, his second only since 2018.
Pete Fairbanks put Brett Gardner through the air with a runner on the trails to end the seventh, Ryan Thompson was perfect in the eighth and JP Feyereisen, acquired on May 21 from the Milwaukee Brewers in return for shortstop Willy Adames, completed the game. He thus obtained his third rescue this season.
Jameson Taillon (1-4) allowed five hits and three runs in five innings on the mound for the Yankees.
The Rays (35-20), leaders in the East section of the American, have increased their record to 7-3 against the Yankees this season. They also won a ninth consecutive game against their section rivals.
The Astros crush the Red Sox
Kyle Tucker put three balls in to safety and tied a career-high with four RBIs, helping the Houston Astros crush the Boston Red Sox 11-2.
It was Red Sox manager Alex Cora’s first visit to Houston since being suspended for the entire 2020 season due to his involvement in the Astros’ signal theft scheme in 2017.
Cora helped the Astros win the World Series in 2017 and then guided the Red Sox to the title in 2018. He was fired by the Boston team after being suspended, but was rehired in November. .
Jose Urquidy (4-2) did his part to end the Red Sox’s three-game winning streak. He allowed one run and three hits in six innings of work while striking out nine opponents.
Urquidy, who had been sidelined since May 12 with shoulder inflammation, won a fourth straight decision, a career high.
Eduardo Rodriguez’s recent failures continued as he allowed six runs and seven hits in four and a third innings on the mound. He suffered a fourth consecutive defeat.
Jose Altuve slammed a two-run long ball as Alex Bregman produced two runs for the Astros.
The Astros set the tone with three straight singles in the second inning and took the lead thanks to a sacrifice from Taylor Jones. Myles Straw then produced another run even though he compromised in a double play.
Martin Maldonado opened the third set with a single before Altuve hit a home run in the left field stands.
The Astros took a 6-0 lead in the fifth inning, when Tucker pushed Altuve and Bregman home with a single.
Bregman hit a two-run single in the Astros’ sixth five-run inning.
Alex Verdugo put the Red Sox on the scoreboard with a one-run double in the sixth inning. Hunter Renfroe had a four-goal solo shot in the eighth.
The Mariners remain undefeated in extra
Tom Murphy hit a sacrifice ball and Ty France scored the winning run in the 10th, allowing the Seattle Mariners to win 6-5 over the Oakland A’s.
France hit a simple equalizer earlier in 10th, against Lou Trivino (2-2).
France reached the third goal thanks to an error of the first goal Matt Olson, on a ground of JP Crawford. Murphy then lifted a ball far to right field, ending the debate.
France has produced five points in their last four games.
Seattle is 5-0 in extra innings this season.
The Mariners’ Donovan Walton slammed his first home run in the big leagues. He was in his 25th game in three seasons.
At the start of the 10th, Aramis Garcia obtained a single point against Daniel Zamora (2-0).
Mariners prospect Logan Gilbert allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out five batters.
The young right-hander was on his way to a first win, but the A’s tied the score 4-4 in the eighth (an illegal feint by JT Chargois cost a point, then Sean Murphy added a double of a point).
On Tuesday night, the starting pitchers will be Chris Bassitt and Marco Gonzales.
Bassitt has earned the win in his last five starts. Last week, he had a full game against the Angels, hitting just two hits.
Gonzales recovered from a strained forearm, but his last start was on April 27. He is expected to pitch for a maximum of four innings.
Elsewhere in the American:
Twins 3– Orioles 2
MIN: Jorge Polanco hit a home run and produced two runs
BAL: Ryan Mountcastle hit a solo homeroom, Orioles 14th in a row loss
White Sox 8 – Indians 6 (match 1)
CWS: Adam Eaton hit a home run in White Sox 4th straight win
CLE: Cesar Hernandez and Amed Rosario have made successful circuits
White Sox 1 – Indians 3 (match 2)
Pirates 3 – Royals 7
PIT: Chad Kuhl (0-2) suffered defeat on his return from the injured list. He allowed 3 runs and 6 SC in four innings
KC: Adalberto Mondesi hit a 2-run homer