NEW YORK — Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run with one out in the ninth inning, and the hot-rushing New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Thursday.
With the victory, the Yankees recorded their 14th consecutive home win, their longest streak since winning 15 in a row at the original Yankee Stadium, from August 16 to September 26, 1961. At the time, Roger Maris was trying to overcome the Babe Ruth’s single-season home run mark.
Rizzo, with his 16th homer, gave the Yankees their seventh straight win overall and their eighth series win by sweep this season.
New York became the sixth team since 1930 and the first since the 2001 Seattle Mariners to have won at least 47 of their first 63 games.
Thanks to Rizzo’s home run, New York scored its eighth victory in which they leave their rivals seeded this season. On a 2-1 count, the first baseman hit a sinker off Shawn Armstrong (0-1) and sent the ball into the stands between right-center field.
Rizzo watched the ball travel, threw the bat and was greeted with great celebration at home plate.
The home run was Rizzo’s fifth game-ending homer and first since July 26, 2018, when he did it for the Chicago Cubs against Arizona.
The Yankees have four wins in which they have left opponents lying on the ground since their previous home loss on May 23.
Rizzo tied it with a single in the sixth inning after the Yankees weren’t hit the previous inning.
Michael King (4-1) struck out two and right fielder Marwin Gonzalez dived to catch a line drive by Yandy Diaz before Rizzo’s homer.
For the Yankees, the Venezuelan Gleyber Torres 1-0.
For the Rays, the Dominicans Vidal Bruján 4-0; Manuel Margot 4-0 and Francisco Mejía 3-1, one scored, one produced. Cubans Yandy Díaz 4-1 and Randy Arozarena 3-0. Colombian Harold Ramírez 3-1.
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