Yankees fall to Rays as ex-teammate Corey Kluber quiets offense

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Yankees’ pitchers didn’t give up much on Saturday, but it was just enough to end their four-game winning streak come with a 3-1 loss to the Rays. 

Facing former Yankee Corey Kluber and a trio of relievers, the Bombers’ lineup was silent after taking a 1-0 lead the first inning, and the Rays scratched out a run off Gerrit Cole in the sixth and another against Lucas Luetge in the seventh to take their first lead of the series. 

It came after Cole held Tampa Bay hitless until there were two outs in the fifth, when Francisco Mejia singled up the middle. 

The Yankees got off to a fast start against Kluber in front of an announced sellout of 25,025 at Tropicana Field. 

DJ LeMahieu returned to the lineup from a left wrist injury and led off with a double. He moved to third on an Aaron Judge single to left and scored on Anthony Rizzo’s sacrifice fly to center, thanks in part to a poor throw by Kevin Kiermaier. 

Gleyber Torres then lined out to right and Judge was doubled off first on the play. 

Corey Kluber pitches Saturday during the Rays’ win over the Yankees. Getty Images

The Yankees got just one more hit off Kluber during the rest of his six-inning outing. 

Cole endured a 26-pitch first inning and got some help from Judge in the second, as Judge, playing center field,…

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