Yankees’ Nestor Cortes undone by bad pitch, bad inning

Nestor Cortes navigated his final six innings without a run crossing the plate, but his slumping Yankees teammates never recovered from one big swing in the All-Star lefty’s initial frame.

Randy Arozarena jumped Cortes for a three-run homer in the first inning of a 3-1 loss to the Rays at the Stadium, the skidding Yankees’ 11th loss in 13 games.

Yandy Diaz and Isaac Paredes opened the game against Cortes with singles before Arozarena clubbed an inside 1-1 four-seamer into the left-field seats for a quick 3-0 lead.

Nestor Cortes looks down at his glove after giving up a three-run homer to Randy Arozarena during the first inning of the Yankees' 3-1 loss to the Rays.
Nestor Cortes looks down at his glove after giving up a three-run homer to Randy Arozarena during the first inning of the Yankees’ 3-1 loss to the Rays.
Corey Sipkin

“I gave up two singles to start the game, and he beat me with my best pitch,” Cortes said after his record dropped to 9-4 on the season. “I have to tip my cap. He was hunting it, and he got the pitch to hit. I think it was a ball off [the plate], if I can remember. I couldn’t do anything about it. I gave him my best pitch.”

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