Yankees shut out for 2nd straight game, lose to Rays 4-0

NEW YORK (AP) — The plummeting New York Yankees were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since 2016, losing to Ryan Yarbrough and the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 Monday night.

After a 3-0 loss Sunday night to the Boston Red Sox, New York provided no running support for ace Gerrit Cole, whose only allowed run followed an error in center field by Aaron Hicks.

Leaders AL East were shut out for the fourth time in nine games and fell to 8-16 since the All-Star break after a 64-28 start.

Yarbrough (1-7) pitched four innings as a loose reliever for his first win in nearly a year, walking six scoreless. He previously won on September 24, 2021 and lost eight straight decisions in 14 appearances, tying the franchise record.

The Yankees had not been held in consecutive games since Sept. 22-24, 2016, when they were shut out once by the Rays and twice by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hicks turned on the warning lane and couldn’t line up David Peralta’s flyball in the fourth inning, resulting in a triple. Isaac Paredes then isolated Cole (9-5) for a 1-0 lead, enough to put the Rays on the path to a third straight win.

Tampa Bay added three runs in the ninth on Jose Siri’s RBI single and Yandy Díaz’s two-run single.

Cole allowed one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out six, walked two and allowed a run or less for the 11th time this season.

Hicks hit with the bases loaded in the fourth but hit a soft return to Yarbrough, who started a 1-2-3 double play

After Yarbrough’s 58 pitch outing, Ryan Thompson got the next five outs, getting Aaron Judge on a double play in the eighth. Brooks Raley fanned Anthony Rizzo before the Rays added, and Jason Adam pitched the ninth.

RIZZO’S FRUSTRATION

Rizzo thought he had been grazed on his right leg in the third, but plate umpire DJ Reyburn ruled he had bent down the field. Rizzo and manager Aaron Boone argued heatedly to no avail. After hitting the next pitch, Rizzo slammed his helmet into the dugout five times.

Rizzo was hit by a pitch 17 times, tied for the AL lead with Seattle’s Ty France.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Spokes: SS Wander Franco (right hamate bone) will join Triple-A Durham to begin a rehab mission on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Yankees: OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles) practiced batting in the inboard batting cage and also performed fielding drills in the outfield. He said he wasn’t quite ready to start a rehab mission. … RHP Luis Severino (straight right lat) threw 25 pitches in his first bullpen session since moving to the IL on July 14. Severino said he felt “the best I’ve felt all year.” … An MRI on INF DJ LeMahieu showed inflammation in his right big toe and he is day to day.

NEXT

Tampa Bay LHP Jeffrey Springs (4-3, 2.56 ERA) takes on New York LHP Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.67) on Tuesday.

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