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MLB roundup June 20, 2022: Gerrit Cole didn’t give the Rays a chance

Gerrit Cole was dominant on the mound and the New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Monday night.

It’s the 50th win of the season for the Yankees, who have won 17 of their last 19 games.

Cole came very close to a game without a run or hit, but he finally gave in on the first pitch of the eighth inning, past Isaac Paredes. He finally allowed a single hit, an earned run and had 12 strikeouts in seven and a third innings.

Aaron Hicks broke the 2-2 tie in the ninth by hitting a triple into right field, pushing Josh Donaldson home. On the sequence, Manuel Margot ran into the fence trying to catch the ball. Injured, he was escorted off the field in a cart. Jose Trevino then put the finishing touches on a sacrifice fly.

Anthony Rizzo opened the scoring for New Yorkers by hitting his 19th homer of the campaign in the first inning at the expense of Shane McClanahan. Then the New Yorkers took advantage of an error by first baseman Ji-Man Choi in the seventh inning, a 45th unearned run for the Rays this season, which is a major league record.

Clay Holmes (5-0) squandered a 2-0 lead and allowed his first run since Opening Day, ending a 31 1/3 inning streak, but Hicks saved the day.

Elsewhere in MLB:

Marlins 0 – Mets 6

MIA: Miami left 10 runners on the trails and went 0-for-10 with a man in scoring position
NYM: David Peterson (4-1) allowed 6 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts in 100 pitches over 5 1/3 innings.

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Tigers 2 – Red Sox 5

DET: Alex Faedo (1-4) lasted only 4 1/3 innings, allowing 5 runs including 4 earned
BOS: Franchy Cordero hit 3 hits including a 2-run single

Giants 1 – Braves 2

SF: Camilo Doval walked his team’s first base in the 9th inning, to Matt Olson, who eventually turned out to be the winning run
ATL: Orlando Arcia drove in the winning run by pushing Matt Olson home on a 9th inning single

Cubs 1 – Pirates 12

CHC: the Cubs have lost 12 of their last 14 games
PIT: Just recalled from AAA this morning, Oneil Cruz and Bligh Madris led the attack. Cruz drove in 4 runs as Madris hit 3 CS in his Major debut

Cardinals 0 – Brewers 2

STL: Rookie Juan Yepez had the only 2 hits Corbin Burnes allowed tonight
MIL: Corbin Burnes retired 10 batters in 7 innings without allowing a run

Royals 6 – Angels 2

KC: Salvador Perez, Andrew benintendi and Hunter Dozier all hit the long ball
LAA: Taylor ward produced both of his own runs, including one on a solo homer in the 3rd inning

Diamondbacks 1 – Padres 4

ARI: Daulton Varsho had two hits in the loss
SD: Great performance from Yu Darvish, who allowed just one run in seven innings of work, in addition to striking out five batters

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