ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Rich Hill looked solid in six innings, Austin Meadows led a batting festival against Corey Kluber and the New York bullpen, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees 10-5 on Friday night. to cut a four-game losing streak.
Hill (1-0) allowed four runs and the same number of hits – all with two outs in the third inning – before retiring his last 10 opponents.
The 41-year-old southpaw who has played for 10 different teams over 17 seasons struck out seven and walked out.
Tampa Bay scored five early game off Kluber (0-1), who made his second start for the Yankees. Meadows had three of the Rays’ 13 hits.
Five Tampa Bay players had at least two hits.
Aaron Hicks and DJ LeMahieu homered for the Yankees, who have lost nine of 11 regular-season games to the reigning American League champions Rays.
In keeping with social distancing rules, 9,021 spectators gathered at Tropicana Field, where no public was admitted since October 8, 2019, when the fourth game of the divisional series was played against the Houston Astros.
For the Yankees, Venezuelan Gleyber Torres 4-1. The Dominican Gary Sánchez 3-1.
For the Rays, Cubans Randy Arozarena 5-1 with a run scored and an RBI, Yandy Díaz 3-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Willy Adames 4-2 with one run scored and two RBIs.