Nestor Cortes Jr pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits and no walks while striking out three in New York’s 3-1 loss to the Rays on Tuesday.
All of the damage against Cortes came in the 1st inning when he allowed hits to three of the first four batters, capped off by a three-run home run to Randy Arozarena. Unfortunately for Cortes, with the suddenly stagnant Yankee offense, that was too much to overcome. Cortes allowed only one base runner after the home run but it was too late. Cortes registered his second straight quality start and 10th of the season. The lefty gals to 9-4 with a 2.74 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 128 strikeouts in 125 innings across 22 starts. Cortes will try a fourth time for his 10th victory in his next start on Sunday against the Blue Jays.