Glasnow outduels Cole in Rays’ victory

by Gary Shelton on September 1, 2020

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Glasnow was superb against Yankees./JEFFREY S. KING

Tuesday, 3 a.m.

Who's afraid of the big bad arm?

Not the Tampa Bay Rays, who found a way to continue their winnings streak Monday night despite the looming presence of Gerrit Cole standing in the way of it.

The Rays, surprisingly, beat up on Cole, handing him his second straight loss of the season. In five innings, the Rays touched Cole for four earned runs and eight hits. They went on to win 5-3 and ran their season record to 7-1 against the Yankees.

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Meanwhile, Tyler Glasnow was the pitcher of the night. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and gave that up only on a replay reversal when D.J. LeMahieu beat out a grounder to deep short. The initial call was that LeMahieu was out, then ruled safe.

For the night, Glasnow gave up two hits and struck out nine.

"He was big for us," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We’re starting to trend in the right direction with our starting pitching. I's’ good to see Glass find that rhythm early. Just an outstanding performance with the fastball, the curve ball and the strike-throwing. "

The Rays offensive heroes were Ji-Man Choi (three hits including a home run) and Willy Adames (three hits). Kevin Kiermaier also hit a home run off of Cole.

The Rays are now 13-2 over their last 15 games. The Rays now lead the AL East by 4 1/2 games.

Their pitcher for tonight's 7:05 p.m. game at Yankee Stadium has not been announced. The Yankees will start Masahiro Tanaka.

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