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Yankees rally to defeat Rays, 5-4

The New York Yankees rallied to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, in the series finale on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. With the victory, New York won their 18th series of the season.

For the second night in a row, the Rays jumped out to an early lead. Isaac Paredes and Vidal Brujan smacked home runs in the second inning to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.

Aaron Judge put the Yankees on the board in the top half of the fourth with a solo home run. The Rays responded in the bottom of the frame with a run on Brujan’s RBI groundout to regain their three-run lead.

New York plated their second run of the game with two outs in the sixth on a throwing error by Rays shortstop Taylor Walls.

In the seventh, Judge drilled his second home run of the game to cut the Rays’ lead to 4-3. Jose Trevino crushed a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead. That ended up being the difference in the game as New York’s bullpen held onto the lead.

Jordan Montgomery started on the mound for the Yankees and surrendered a season-high four runs on nine hits over six innings while walking two and striking out two.

Clarke Schmidt, Michael King, and Clay Holmes had scoreless outings in relief.

The Yankees will head back to the Bronx to begin a four-game series with the Houston Astros on Thursday. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.