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Gerrit Cole wastes 6-run lead, Rays beat Yankees 8-7 in 10 innings

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole adjusts his sleeve after giving up a three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays’ Christian Bethancourt during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 7, 2023, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole failed to hold a six-run lead, allowing his first two home runs of the season, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees 8-7 Sunday on Isaac Paredes’ 10th-inning single to take two of three from New York.

Anthony Rizzo and Harrison Bader homered for the Yankees (18-17), who led 6-0 before Tampa Bay scored twice in the fifth and five times in the sixth to take an 7-6 lead.

Jose Siri and Christian Bethancourt homered for the major league-best Rays (28-7) improved to 19-3 home. Last-place New York has lost 10 of its last 16 games and at 18-17 trails the Rays by 10 games.

The announced crowd of 32,142 was the largest at Tropicana Field since 40,135 for a game against San Francisco on June 17, 2016, according to the Rays.

Paredes broke a 7-7 tie with a one-out hit to right off Albert Abreu (1-1) that scored automatic runner Brandon Lowe.

Aaron Hicks avoided Garrett Cleavinger’s tag attempt during a rundown between third and home on GleyberTorres’ grounder to shortstop with one out in the 10th but was thrown at the plate. Cleavinger took a tumble on the play, point to a leg and left the game with a limp.

Jalen Beeks (1-2) replaced Cleavinger and struck out Rizzo on a 3-2 pitch.

Cole’s ERA rose to 2.09 from 1.35, which had been tied for the major league lead. He retired 13 of his first 17 batters but allowed seven of his last nine to reach.

After allowing a major league-high 33 homers last year, Cole didn’t allow one in his first 51 innings before Siti homered in the fifth. Yandy Díaz scored later in the inning when second baseman Gleyber Torres made a tumbling grab shallow right field on Wander Franco’s hit but followed with an errant throw to third base.

Paredes hit an RBI double in the sixth ahead of Bethancourt’s three-run homer, that tied the score 6-6. Siri walked and stole second, and sprinted home when reliever Jimmy Cordero failed to look at him after fielding Díaz’s grounder near the first-base line and throwing to to first for the out.

Jose Trevino hit an RBI grounder int he seventh.

Cole was touched for six runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. It was the first time this season he as given up more than two runs and had his ERA climb from 1.35 to 2.09.

Rizzo had a solo homer and Bader added a two-run drive off Josh Fleming in the third. Hicks got his first extra-base hit this season, coming on his 57th at-bat, with an RBI double in a two-run fourth.. He scored on Torres’ two-base hit. New York took a 6-0 lead in the fifth when Bader tripled in the fourth and scored on Oswaldo Cabrera’s sacrifice fly.

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