ST. SAINT PETERSBURG, Florida — Isaac Walls Homered in their first three at-bats, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees 5-4 on Tuesday night, leaving New York for only their third loss in 20 games.
Paredes combined with Harold Ramirez for back to back homers in the first away Nestor Cortesthen gave the Race a 3-2 lead on the third and added two runs in the fifth on the first serve after Clark Schmidt relief.
It was only the second multiplayer game for Paredes, who scored two goals against Detroit on May 18. Ron Marinaccio in the seventh.
“Arenalin was definitely talking about me having to hit another homer,” Paredes said through a translator.
Tampa Bay have lost eight of their previous ten games.
The Rays acquired the 23-year-old from Detroit on April 4 as an outfielder. Austin Meadows. Paredes is hitting .209 with eight homers and 16 RBIs, and 10 of his last 13 hits have been for extra bases.
“That’s what made it special,” Paredes said. “It’s always a tough series against the Yankees, so it’s very important to beat them. With the streak we’ve had so far, I’m just glad we were able to win.”
“Great swing, but didn’t have time to tie,” Yankees manager Aaron Boon said.
Cortez (6-3) allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, giving up three homers for the first time in his major league career. His ERA has gone from 1.50 to 2.31 in his last three starts.
“Obviously, I have turned down a lot of hard contacts. Maybe I didn’t do what I wanted to do. That was the main reason you saw what happened today,” said Cortez. “If I had executed better, it would have been a different story.”
Tampa Bay was 3 of 8 with three homers on Cortez cutters, 0 of 11 on sliders, 3 of 9 in fastballs and 0 of 2 on sinkers. Cortez has been 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA against the Rays this year.
Paredes landed the first shot, and three shots later Ramirez took a shot down the left field line. Ramirez’s home run had an exit speed of 85.4 mph, the lowest for an over-the-wall home run since MLB Statcast began tracking in 2015. according to Statcast.
Paredes hit a homer in the third, and Boone, not wanting Cortez to face him a third time, brought in Schmidt with a player in the fifth. Paredes hit a fastball.
“He won’t forget this day,” manager Kevin Cash said of Paredes, who became the first player in Rays history to hit three homers in the first five innings.
Gleyber Torres started shortstop for the first time since September 12, the day before he was moved back to Yankee second base after a long spell of poor defensive play on the left flank. Isaiah Keener-Phalefaa regular shortstop for the Yankees this year, missed his third straight game with a left hamstring injury.
HE IS BACK
Embossed jug Albert Abreu returned to the Yankees two months after being traded to Texas in a deal that led to a trap Jose Trevino to New York. The 26-year-old right-hander was in demand from the waivers of Kansas City.
Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (last pitched May 22 with left Achilles tendinitis) threw a 21-field bullpen session at the Yankees’ minor league complex and could make minor league injury rehab appearances this weekend, likely at Double-A Somerset. He told reporters that he did not expect a closer reunion with the Yankees, given the success of Clay Holmes. “(Holmes) is doing a great job right now and I think he deserves the role he is playing,” Chapman said through a translator. … RHP Jonathan Loaisiga, sidelined since May 22 with right shoulder inflammation, threw flat at Tropicana Field and could have thrown a bullpen on Friday or Saturday. … PD Zach Britton (Tommy John surgery last Sept. 9) also threw a bullpen session at the minor league complex.
Rays: Ophthalmologists Kevin Keirmeier (inflammation of the left thigh) and Manuel Margot (sprained right knee) were transferred to a 10-day course of IL after injuries sustained on Monday evening. Margo is still being evaluated. Keirmeier has had a shot of cortisone (his second this year) and expects to return around the time he is eligible. INF Jonathan Aranda and OF Luke Reilly were recalled from Triple-A Durham. …SS Travel Franco (right warp quadtices) will play rehab games for Triple-A Durham Wednesday through Friday, after which a reevaluation will take place.