Ryan Yarbrough ended a 24-game winless streak in style as he landed the first full game by a Tampa Bay Rays starter on Thursday in a 9-2 win over the New Yankees. York.
Auston Meadows hit the long ball at the expense of Yankees starter Gerit Cole, who struggled to allow the Rays five runs in five innings.
Meadows finished his afternoon of work with five points.
Leaders in the East American division, the Rays left Yankee Stadium having won two of four duels against their rivals.
New York, which has lost seven of its last 10 games, is four and a half games behind Tampa.
By allowing five earned runs for the Rays, Cole (6-3) tied his worst start of the season.
Yarbrough (3-3) hadn’t won a game as a starter since August 11, 2019. He pitched for eight and two-thirds innings against the Seattle Mariners.
This time, the southpaw finished the job on his own, notching a total of 113 shots. He extricated himself from a tough fourth inning in which he gave solo homers to Brett Gardner and Miguel Andujar, before dominating the New York hitters thereafter.
The last full game pitched by a starter for the Rays was Matt Andriese, who had limited the Oakland Athletics to two hits in nine innings, in May 2016.
« I’m sure he was probably a little tired in the eighth and ninth, » said Rays manager Kevin Cash. But I hope he wanted to continue. We really appreciate what he managed to do. «
The longest streak of its kind currently belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays. None of their pitchers have managed a full game in 231 games.
Red Sox avoid sweeping
Martin Pérez pitched for seven and two-thirds innings, helping the Boston Red Sox defeat the Houston Astros 5-1.
Christian Arroyo’s first home run of the season, a three-point slap in the first set, allowed the Red Sox to avoid the sweep. The Boston troops will play their first series against the New York Yankees this season, this weekend.
Pérez (4-2) allowed six hits in his longest start of the campaign and he won a fourth straight decision. He had put out eight of the last nine batters when Garrett Stubbs hit a single after a strikeout in the eighth inning.
Adam Ottavino took out Alex Bregman to end the eighth inning and Brandon Workman, who made his first appearance for the Red Sox since August, gave Yuli Gurriel a solo homerun in the ninth.
The Red Sox will travel to Yankee Stadium as they sit second in the Eastern Division of the American, two games behind the Tampa Bay Rays and two and a half games ahead of the Yankees.
Astros starter Jake Odorizzi (0-3) struggled for three innings in his second start after missing a month of activity. He allowed three runs, four hits and three walks.
Rafael Devers opened the second set with a double and Hunter Renfroe walked away. Arroyo then hit a home run in the left-field bleachers to make it 3-0.
The Boston team added two runs in the seventh inning, following a double from Xander Bogaerts.
The Astros had outscored the Red Sox 18-4 in the first three games of the four-game series. They saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
The Houston team had a few opportunities to close the gap early in the game, but each time came short. Aledmys Diaz hit a double after an out in the first inning, but was called out while attempting to steal the third pad.
The Astros had placed just two balls to safety when Gurriel hit a single in the fifth inning. Chas McCormick also slammed a single, but Pérez pulled Myles Straw and Stubbs out to end the threat.
Elsewhere in the American :
Tigers – White Sox
Twins – Royals
Mariners – Angels