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Yankees hold off Rays for sixth straight win

The New York Yankees secured their fifth-straight series win with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Nestor Cortes started on the mound for New York and surrendered one run over 5 1/3 innings while walking three and striking out four. The left-hander improved to 6-2 on the season. Wandy Peralta was the first one out of the bullpen, and he retired all five batters that he faced. Lucas Luetge allowed a pair of RBI singles, but the runs were charged to Miguel Castro, who collected two outs. Clay Holmes tossed a scoreless ninth and picked up the save for the second consecutive night.

Aaron Judge smacked his league-leading 25th home run of the season into the seats in right-center in the first inning.

Kyle Higashioka extended the lead in the fifth with a three-run home run just inside the left-field foul pole.

Tampa Bay plated their first run of the game in the sixth on Manuel Margot’s RBI double.

The Rays added two more in the seventh to make it a one-run game. Ji-Man Choi, and Rene Pinto had back-to-back two-out RBI singles.

The Yankees will go for the three-game sweep on Thursday night with Luis Severino on the hill. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.