New York Yankees

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MAY 26: PItcher Nestor Cortes #65 of the New York Yankees comes out of the game in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on May 26, 2022 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)


Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes continues to dazzle on the mound for the Bronx Bombers. For the third time in his last four starts Cortes took the ball into the eighth inning, and for the second time in his last three starts, Cortes completed eight innings of a masterpiece.

This time the canvas was the Tampa Bay Rays as Cortes gave up only a run on four hits and five strikeouts. He walked only one batter. He finished the month of May with a 1.95 ERA, and improved his overall record to 4-1 with a 1.70 ERA for the season.

Cortes’ sterling effort was enough for the Yankees to find their grove offensively in the later innings. Aaron Judge’s RBI single in the sixth inning brought home the newest Yankee, Matt Carpenter to give New York a 1-0 lead in the sixth.

Later in the frame, Miguel Andujar drove in both Judge and Marwin Gonzalez with an infield single as the Yankees were able to plate two runs when the throw from Taylor Walls skipped away from first baseman Harold Ramirez. Yankees led 3-0.

Anthony Rizzo capped off the night with a two-run double in the ninth to push New York to a 7-0 lead.