Yankees get seven hits in a row to beat Rays

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New York Yankees 10, Tampa Bay Rays 3

New York — Aaron Judge, who bats first, singled twice during Corey Kluber’s six-run first inning as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-3 on Saturday. This was the first time since 1990 that the Yankees got seven straight hits to start a game.

Josh Donaldson hit a home run early in the game, and Giancarlo Stanton hit one off a lob pitch late in the game. Both players were back in the lineup, which helped the Yankees extend their lead over Tampa Bay to 4 1/2 games. New York also won the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Rays for the season, in case both teams finish at the top of the division.

Judge, who has the most home runs in the major leagues with 55, hit three singles to bring his average up to .307. He is the first Yankees player since Mickey Mantle in June 1957 to get on base at least three times in seven straight games.

For the first time since September 25, 1990, when they started a 15-3 win over Baltimore with eight straight hits, the Yankees started a game with seven singles in a row. The first 21 pitches Kluber threw, New York hit six singles (10-8).

After 32 pitches, Judge’s RBI single with two outs in the first inning got rid of the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

Donaldson returned from paternity leave with a first-inning RBI single. Donaldson homered in the second after a single. Following his daughter’s birth, he missed four games.

Stanton hit his 25th home run on Christian Bethancourt’s 47 mph lob. Since fouling a ball off his left foot Monday, Stanton had been limited to pinch-hitting.

Stanton’s homer was his first extra-base hit in 55 at-bats since he homered in the All-Star Game on July 19 and won the MVP award. Since then, he had missed a month of work because of Achilles tendinitis.

New York’s starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (13-4), who gave up three runs and six hits over 7 and a third innings, won his 50th game of his career.

Judge hit a single to start the first, and the Yankees took off right away. Rookie Oswaldo Cabrera hit a two-run single, and New York’s first out of the game was a grounder by Kyle Higashioka that allowed Cabrera to score.

Kluber gave up eight hits and six runs.

Wander Franco hit a single that drove in a run, and Harold Ramrez hit a single that drove in two more runs. This was Tampa Bay’s second loss in 11 games.

Torres’s single gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Donaldson’s single, which hit the top of the right field wall and was upheld after a review, gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

The Yankees had a 4-0 lead after Cabrera’s hit to right field. After Miguel Andjar’s single, Higashioka’s groundout and Judge’s RBI single gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead.

In the second, Donaldson hit his 13th home run. He got home in the seventh when Calvin Faucher threw a wild pitch.

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Domingo Germán (2-3, 3.27 ERA) will start for the Yankees on Sunday after getting four days off.

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