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ST PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 20: Aaron Hicks #31 high fives third base coach Luis Rojas #67 of the New York Yankees after hitting a triple off Jason Adam #47 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth inning during the game at Tropicana Field on June 20, 2022 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Tyler Schank/Getty Images)

YANKEES 4 – RAYS 2

The Yankee express just keeps on rolling like a well-oiled machine. Even when Gerrit Cole losing a no-hit bid as he watched from the dugout as the Tampa Bay Rays tied the game at two, the Bronx Bombers found a way to prevail 4-2 to take the opener of a four game series. The Yankees have won four in a row against Tampa Bay. In addition to being 50-17 on the year, the Yankees are an astounding 21-8 against teams with a winning record.

For seven-plus innings was utterly brilliant. He had the aforementioned no-hitter, becoming the fourth starter this year for the Yankees to take a no-no deep into the seventh inning. However Cole hit a wall come the eighth inning when Jed Lowrie nearly took him deep for a two-run bomb, were it not for Aaron Judge making a spectacular catch in center to keep the Yankees in front 2-0.

Aaron Boone decided to go to the bullpen to bring in his closer Clay Holmes for a five out save. It didn’t go as planned as the Rays rallied for a pair of runs on a ground out by Yandy Diaz and an infield single by Manuel Margot, tying the game at two.

If this was 2020 or 2021, the Yankees probably would have found a way to lose. Not this time. Not this year. A one-out single by Josh Donaldson was followed by a RBI triple by Aaron Hicks, handing the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Hicks would later score on a sac fly by Jose Trevino.

Wandy Peralta closed out the game in the ninth, working around a lead-off walk and a fielder’s choice to nail down win number 50 on the year for the Yankees.

New York’s lead over Toronto is now 12 games. Their lead over Tampa Bay is 14 games.