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Yankees shut out again in series-opening loss to Rays

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Yankees began a nine-game homestand on Monday night in the Bronx, but it did not start on the right note as they were blanked by the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0. The Yankees have been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since 2016. New York has also dropped 10 of their last 12 games.

Gerrit Cole started on the mound for the Yankees and tossed six innings of one-run ball while striking out six. The right-hander has allowed just one run over his last 13 innings but has received zero run support. The lone run he allowed came in the fourth inning on a misplay by Aaron Hicks.

Jonathan Loáisiga retired all four batters that he faced. Wandy Peralta surrendered a pair of runs, while Lou Trivino gave up the other.

New York had seven hits, with two coming from Gleyber Torres. The team went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base. The best scoring opportunity came in the fourth inning when Hicks came to the plate with the bases loaded, but he grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Nestor Cortes will get the ball on Tuesday as the Yankees try to snap their three-game skid. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.