Yankees lose again to Rays even as scoreless streak ends

The Yankees’ scoreless streak is over. Their losing skid is not.

For a team that has struggled to score one run lately, never mind multiple, facing a three-run deficit in the first inning Tuesday seemed insurmountable. It proved to be just that.

The Yankees pushed across a run for the first time in 22 innings, but it was hardly enough as they fell to the Rays 3-1 in The Bronx.

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Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes gives up a three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena.
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With the Yankees’ 11th loss in their last 13 games, the second-place Rays (62-53) climbed nine games behind them in the AL East. It marks the Yankees’ smallest lead atop the division since June 15.

“Having a little bit of a cushion helps, but that cushion can dwindle quick,” Aaron Judge said. “So we gotta stay on top of it. Guys are putting the work in. Guys are showing up and doing their thing. So now it’s just about going out there on the field and performing.”

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