Gerrit Cole went no-hitter into the eighth inning, Aaron Hicks hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the ninth inning after Manuel Margot hit the right-field fence, and the New York Yankees beat them 4-2 on Monday. to the Tampa Bay Rays to reach 50 wins in the campaign.
New York has won 17 of its last 19 games, and its 50-17 mark is the best start in the Majors since the 2001 Seattle Mariners. The Yankees opened up a 14-game lead over third-place Tampa Bay in the Division American League East.
Cole struck out 12 and walked three, allowing one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six straight batters and took a 2-0 lead until Isaac Paredes hit the 105th pitch from right-hander. On June 3, Cole pitched a perfect 6 1/3 innings against Detroit.
Clay Holmes (5-0) blew a 2-0 lead and gave up his first run since the season opener, ending a streak of 31 1/3 scoreless innings.
Anthony Rizzo homered in the first inning off Shane McClanahan, and the Yankees scored in the seventh on an error by first baseman Ji-Man Choi, as the Rays reached 45 unearned runs allowed.
Jason Adam (0-2) charged with the backhand.
For the Yankees, the Venezuelans Gleyber Torres 4-1 with a run scored; Marwin Gonzalez 4-0.
For the Rays, the Dominicans Manuel Margot 4-1 with an RBI; Vidal Brujan 3-0; Francisco Mejía 2-1 with a run scored. The Yandy Díaz 4-0 with an RBI; Randy Arozarena 4-0. Mexican Isaac Paredes 4-1 with a run scored. The Venezuelan Rene Pinto 2-0. Colombian Harold Ramírez 1-0.