Game 68. Yanks doomed by HRs, get edged by Rays, 5-4.

Isaac Paredes of Tampa Bay hit 3 HR and drove it 4 runs to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-4 win over the Yankees (50-18) Tuesday night. Nestor Cortes gave up 2 of the HR, and Clarke Schmidt the other.

Cortes gave up 3 HR on the night.

In the bottom of the first inning, Cortes gave up back-to-back HR to Paredes and Harold Ramirez, and the Rays were up 2-0.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the second. With one out, Kyle Higashioka singled, and Marwin Gonzalez doubled him to third. D.J. LeMahieu’s two-out single plated both runners.

Paredes homered off Cortes in the third to make it 3-2. In the fifth, Cortes gave up a one-out single. Rather than have Cortes face Paredes again, manager Aaron Boone brought in Clarke Schmidt. Understandable since Cortes had given up two HR to Paredes. The move backfired when Paredes hit Schmidt’s first pitch for a 2-run HR, Paredes’ third HR of the game, to make the score 5-2.

In the top of the ninth, with the Yanks down to their last out, Gonzalez hit a 2-run HR (2) to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 5-4. Aaron Judge then came to bat as a PH, but his attempt to tie the game was caught in front of the fence on the warning track.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI
Gonzalez 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (2)

Cortes (L, 6-3) 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR. 2.31
Schmidt 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.13
Marinaccio 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP 2.81
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.66

Marinaccio is starting to come around. Isiah Kiner-Falefa should be back soon, he’s nursing a sore hamstring.

I had to peek at the schedule to see when the Yanks play Boston next. It’s in Fenway, July 7-10, then Boston comes to NY July 15-17. One reason I looked is that even though Boston (now in third) is 12 1/2 games back of the Yanks, they are 27-11 after an 11-20 start, and the Yanks haven’t played the Red Sox since the opening series to the season.

A couple of moves. Ender Inciarte at AAA became a free agent and signed with the Mets. Albert Abreu is back with the Yanks (going to AAA) after having been DFA’d by a couple of teams. The Yanks DFA’d David McKay.

CORRECTION: Abreu is out of options and has to go on the major league roster. A move is forthcoming.

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