The Yankees don’t stop fighting; reach 50 wins

MEXICO CITY.

CUnlike in the recent past, the New York Yankees continue to find ways to win games despite the obstacles that arise along the way.

In a game where Gerrit Cole went to the eighth inning without giving up a hit or a run, the Bronx Bombers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 for their 50th win of the season.

Cole struck out 12 batters for the sixth time in his Yankees career, joining Al Downing as the only pitchers in franchise history to do so. Downing fanned 12 or more men playing in pinstripes.

Cole’s magical afternoon at Tropicana Field ended at the start of the eighth when Mexico’s Isaac Paredes greeted him with a diamond-splitting single that broke the hearts of Yankees fans waiting for a no-no from Cole.

All the bad stuff happened in the eighth for New York. In addition to the third no-hitter on the road, the Rays tied the score with a run on closer Clay Holmes.

It was the first touchdown allowed by the Yankees right-hander since Opening Day on April 8.

In the ninth inning, the Bombers found their way to their half-hundredth win on a triple by Aaron Hicks that sent Josh Donaldson to the plate with the go-ahead run.

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