Game 67. Hicks’ triple keys Yanks’ 50th win of the year, 4-2 over Rays.

You knew Clay Holmes would give up a run eventually. You didn’t expect it to be on a couple balls that didn’t even leave the infield.

But after those runs tied the game in the eighth, Aaron Hicks tripled in the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth and then scored an insurance run to help the Yankees (50-17) beat Tampa Bay, 4-2 last night in a game that had Gerrit Cole take a no-hitter into the eighth.

Anthony Rizzo hit his 19th HR of the season in the first inning, and that was all the scoring in the game until the seventh.

In the top of the seventh, Gleyber Torres led off with a double and stole third. Two outs later, he scored on an error. 2-0, Yankees.

The first batter up for the Rays in the bottom of the eighth, Isaac Paredes, singled to break up Cole’s no-hit bid. Aaron Judge then caught a ball at the wall and Cole was done for the night. Holmes came in and gave up a double. A groundout brought in one run (charged to Cole) but then an infield single brought in another and the game was tied.

In the top of the ninth, Josh Donaldson singled with one out, then Hicks tripled to make it 3-2. A SF by Jose Trevino gave the Yanks an insurance run and it was 4-2.

Wandy Peralta put a couple of runners on in the bottom of the ninth, but eventually closed it out for the win. The official scorer credited Peralta with the win, instead of Holmes getting the win with Peralta getting a save.

AL East Standings
Yankees 50-17 —
Toronto 38-29 -12
Boston 37-31- -13 1/2
Tampa Bay 36-31 -14
Baltimore 30-38 -20 1/2

The Yankees are 43-11 after a 7-6 start to the season.

Rizzo 2 hits, Solo HR (19)
Donaldson 2 hits
Hicks 2 Hits, RBI

Cole 7 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 12 K. 3.14
Holmes (BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.55 1st runs given up since Opening Day.
Peralta (W, 2-1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.42 Official scorer gave W to Peralta, instead of Holmes.

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