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Yankees fall to Rays as Nestor Cortes struggles

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Yankees (26-15) fell to the Tampa Bay Rays (20-20), 7-2, in the second game of a three-game series on Saturday evening at Tropicana Field.

Anthony Volpe gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the second inning, but the offense went quiet after that, and the Rays scored six unanswered runs to even the series at a game apiece.

Nestor Cortes allowed four runs in 5.1 innings as his road ERA this season skyrocketed to 6.75. Dennis Santana gave up three runs in relief of Cortes.

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The Yankees will try to bounce back and take two of three from the Rays on Sunday at 1:40 p.m. with Luis Gil on the mound.