Kluber, Cole Duel and Rays end Yankees’ 4-game winning streak | Sports News

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By DICK SCANLON, Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Corey Kluber and Gerrit Cole fought an impressive six innings before the Tampa Bay Rays scored a pair of late runs to beat the Yankees 3-1 on Saturday, ending the streak of New York’s four-game winning streak.

Yandy Diaz had a game-tying hit in the seventh and Manuel Margot extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an RBI single in the eighth.

Kluber allowed one run and three hits, scored none and struck out five. Last May, the two-time Cy Young Award winner threw a no-hitter for the Yankees against Texas.

Cole struck out 10, giving up a run and two hits with three walks.

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JP Feyereisen (4-0) won their 19th consecutive goalless appearance in relief. Colin Poche pitched the ninth for his second save in two tries. Jason Adam also pitched an inning in the four-hit combination.

With the score at 1-all, Kevin Kiermaier opened the Rays seventh with a single on the first pitch thrown by reliever Lucas Luetge (1-2). Francisco Mejia followed with a popup down the right field line that dropped for a brace when second baseman Gleyber Torres passed the ball.

Kiermaier was ejected at the plate by first baseman Anthony Rizzo on a ground pitch, but Diaz bounced a chopper off the third base line for a 2-1 boy.

Wander Franco led Rays eighth and scored on Margot’s hit.

After walking Yandy Diaz to lead first, Cole gave up 14 straight before giving up his first hit, Mejia’s two-out single in the fifth.

Cole is 1-6 in 12 career starts against Tampa Bay. He threw 105 pitches, including 26 each in the first and sixth innings.

It was Cole’s 44th double-digit at bat since the start of the 2018 season, the most at the majors during that span.

Cole walked Ji-Man Choi and Franco with two outs in the sixth and Randy Arozarena led Tampa Bay’s first inning with a single, only the Rays’ second hit.

DJ LeMahieu, playing for the first time after missing four games with left wrist pain, opened the game with a brace to the right field wall. After Aaron Judge’s single, Anthony Rizzo had a sacrificed fly.

Yankees: RHP Domingo Germán, on the 60-day injured list since March with right shoulder impingement syndrome, is about to begin a rehabilitation mission. . . . OF Tim Locastro (left lat strain) gets regular bats and awaits a decision on a rehab assignment.

Spokes: RHP Andrew Kittredge (lower back contraction) played Friday and Saturday after being out for four days and expects to throw a mound soon. . . . RHP Luis Patiño (left oblique strain) had a bullpen session on Saturday.

RHP Luis Severino (3-0, 3.02) will pitch for the Yankees on six days off against LHP Shane McClanahan (4-2, 2.06) in Sunday’s series finale. McClanahan is 0-2 in three career starts against New York.

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