Isaac Paredes homered in his first three at bats and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees 5-4 on Tuesday, handing New York just its third loss in 20 games.
Paredes drove in four runs. Harold Ramirez also hit a long ball
This is the second game of more than one home run for Paredes, who had achieved the feat against Detroit on May 18. He was also hit by Ron Marinaccio’s shot in the seventh.
Tampa Bay acquired the 23-year-old from Detroit on April 4 for outfielder Austin Meadows. Paredes is batting .209 with eight home runs and 16 RBIs, and 10 of his last 13 hits have been for more than one base.
It was the seventh time a player from Tampa Bay hit three homers after Jonny Gomes, BJ Upton, Evan Longoria (twice), Travis d’Arnaud and Brandon Lowe. – the last two against the Yankees.
The Rays led 5-2 before Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer with two out in the ninth against Colin Poche, who earned his fifth save.
Shawn Armstrong (1-1), the second of seven Tampa Bay pitchers, earned his first victory for the Rays despite a two-run single awarded to DJ LeMahieu in second.
Cortes (6-3) allowed four runs and six hits in 4.1 innings, giving up three home runs for the first time in his career. His ERA has gone from 1.50 to 2.31 in his last three starts.
Paredes homered in first and three pitches later Ramirez hit a pitch to left field. Ramirez’s home run had an exit speed of 85.4 mph, the lowest speed for a home run since MLB Statcast began tracking that aspect of the game in 2015.
Elsewhere in the American:
Nationals 3 – Orioles 0
WAS: Lane Thomas homered.
BAL: Austin Hays was called out four times out of three strikes.
Tigers 4 – Red Sox 5
DET: Javier Báez and Jonathan Schoop got homers. Beau Brieske (1-6) suffered another loss.
BOS: Trevor Story and Christian Vázquez homered. Story’s circuit came out of Fenway Park.
Guardians – Twins
Phillies – Rangers
Mets – Astros
Royals – Angels
Mariners – Athletics