Tor­res homers, Ger­man gets first win for Yan­kees

The Day - - SUMMARY - By MIKE FITZ­PATRICK AP Base­ball Writer

New York — Gley­ber Tor­res hit an­other three-run homer and Domingo Ger­man struck out a ca­reer-high 10 for his first ma­jor league win as the New York Yan­kees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in the opener of a four-game se­ries Thursday night.

Aaron Hicks also home­red off Blake Snell (8-4) as New York beat the blos­som­ing left-han­der for the sec­ond time this sea­son and ended his four-game win­ning streak.

Ger­man (1-4) gave up a home run to Matt Duffy on the first pitch of the game but quickly re­cov­ered to strike out the next three bat­ters. Mak­ing his sev­enth start in place of in­jured Jor­dan Mont­gomery, the rookie right-han­der al­lowed three runs, five hits and two walks in his 19th ca­reer ap­pear­ance.

Chad Green and Dellin Be­tances set up Aroldis Chap­man for his 19th save in 20 at­tempts.

Wil­son Ramos and Joey Wen­dle each had an RBI sin­gle for the Rays, who were com­ing off a three-game sweep of Toronto.

Duffy tried to score from first on Ramos’ run-scor­ing sin­gle in the third when the ball car­omed off left fielder Gian­carlo Stan­ton af­ter he charged in and got his body in front of it. Stan­ton chased down the ball and fired a strike to catcher Gary Sanchez at home plate, cut­ting down Duffy for the fi­nal out of the in­ning to keep the score 2-0.

Fresh off a three-day breather, the slump­ing Sanchez also threw out Car­los Gomez try­ing to steal third with one out in the sev­enth.

Hicks hit an op­po­site-field homer to right in the fifth. Aaron Judge sin­gled and Sanchez drew a two-out walk be­fore Tor­res drove a 96 mph, full-count fast­ball to left for his 13th homer since be­ing called up from the mi­nors on April 22. This was the first one that didn’t come from the No. 9 hole — Tor­res bat­ted fifth as the Yan­kees started nine right-handed hit­ters against Snell.

The rookie has five three-run homers al­ready, most among big league hit­ters. Tor­res also went deep in Wednesday night’s loss to Wash­ing­ton.

New York, with the best record in the ma­jors at 44-20, hasn’t lost con­sec­u­tive games since May 22-23 at Texas.

Mak­ing a strong bid for his first All-Star se­lec­tion, Snell struck out eight and threw 105 pitches in five in­nings. He was 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA in his pre­vi­ous four starts.

Trainer’s room

Rays: Gold Glove CF Kevin Kier­maier (right thumb surgery) and SS Adeiny Hechavar­ria (strained right ham­string) are mov­ing from Class A Char­lotte to Triple-A Durham this week­end to con­tinue their re­hab as­sign­ments. Each is sched­uled to be the DH in one of the three games from Friday through Sunday . ... RHP Chris Archer (left ab­dom­i­nal strain) is likely to play catch Friday, man­ager Kevin Cash said . ... INF Daniel Robert­son (strained left ham­string) prob­a­bly will play a re­hab game or two at Class A and the team hopes he’ll be able to come off the dis­abled list next Thursday, the first day he’s el­i­gi­ble, Cash said.

Yan­kees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (two strained ham­strings) was kept home with a virus but is ex­pected back at the ball­park Friday. The is­sue shouldn’t de­lay Tanaka’s re­turn, man­ager Aaron Boone said.

Up next

Rays: Nathan Eo­valdi (1-1) starts tonight against his for­mer team, his fourth out­ing since com­ing back from a sec­ond Tommy John surgery. Eo­valdi pitched for the Yan­kees from 2015-16, go­ing 14-3 in 2015, but has never faced New York. “I wish I would have been able to fin­ish on a healthy note. Other than that, I re­ally en­joyed my time there,” Eo­valdi said. The right-han­der vis­ited with Yan­kees play­ers dur­ing bat­ting prac­tice and said he still keeps in close con­tact with New York re­liev­ers Chasen Shreve and Be­tances.

Yan­kees: RHP Jonathan Loaisiga comes up from Dou­ble-A Tren­ton to make his ma­jor league de­but, pitch­ing in place of in­jured starter Masahiro Tanaka. The 23-year-old Loaisiga, from Nicaragua, re­turned last year from Tommy John surgery. “I think he’s re­ally ta­lented. I think he’s go­ing to be a re­ally good pitcher in this league,” Boone said. “I think there’s just a pres­ence about him.” Loaisiga was 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA in six starts at Tren­ton af­ter go­ing 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA at Class A Tampa this sea­son, strik­ing out 58 in 45 in­nings com­bined. “Su­per ex­cited. This is a great op­por­tu­nity the Yan­kees are giv­ing me,” he said through a trans­la­tor. “It’s been a tough road for me to get here and now it’s about en­joy­ing this mo­ment.”

ADAM HUNGER/AP PHOTO

The Yan­kees’ Gley­ber Tor­res watches his three-run home run dur­ing the fifth in­ning of Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay at Yan­kee Sta­dium. The Yan­kees won, 4-3.

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