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Juan Soto’s double, Nestor Cortes’ gem give Yankees sweep of Tigers

There was a rally late Friday night. On Saturday, the offense exploded from the beginning. And he had a strong performance against the Elite Aces on Sunday.

The Yankees entered the weekend struggling after a humiliating series loss to the rival Orioles, but were on a roll, led by a previously dormant offensive line that showed its potential against a talented pitching staff. They finished the game on a high note.

Juan Soto’s three-run double in the seventh inning broke the tie, and the Yankees cruised to a rain-shortened 5-2 victory, sweeping the surprising Tigers in front of a rain-soaked crowd of 35,119 in the Bronx. did.

The game was called 56 minutes after the top of the 8th inning.

In the seventh inning of Sunday’s win over the Tigers, Juan Soto hit a three-RBI double off Jon Berti, Anthony Volpe and Jose Trevino. Corey Shipkin of the New York Post

Detroit arrived in the Bronx on a four-game winning streak, but broke the lead in the ninth inning to start a three-game set, and southpaw ace Tarik Skubal couldn’t stop the bleeding Sunday.

The left-handed pitcher had a career-high 12 strikeouts, but was forced to work by the Yankees, who threw 96 pitches in six innings.

The Tigers bullpen exploded from there.

Shelby Miller and Andrew Chafin combined to give up three runs in the seventh inning, giving the Yankees the lead with 23 wins and 13 losses, advancing to 10 games with a batting average above .500 for the first time since this season.

Soto hit a big hit, a bases-loaded double, off Chafin, a left-handed pitcher who is tough on left-handed batters.

Prior to that at-bat, the left-handed pitcher had one hit in 14 at-bats and seven strikeouts this year against Chafin.

Soto was undaunted. He threw a 2-on-1 sinker down the right field line.

Skball is one of the best young pitchers in baseball, a hard-throwing left-handed pitcher who, in the words of Yankees manager Aaron Boone, is “almost as good as the best pitchers in baseball right now.”

Unfortunately for Skubal, he was facing Nestor Cortez Jr.

In the Bronx, the unconventional, crafty left-hander hasn’t been able to hit since the beginning of the year, allowing just five earned runs in 28.1 innings.

His recent outing was his best to date, allowing three hits and one run with nine strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 3.72.

Skubal entered the day with a 1.72 ERA and allowed just one run in 13 innings pitched in his last two starts.

Nestor Cortez pitched well for the Yankees on Sunday.
Nestor Cortez pitched well for the Yankees on Sunday. Corey Shipkin of the New York Post

Three batters were out and the Yankees were on the board.

Aaron Judge hit a 97 mph fastball over the right-field fence and into the opposing field for his seventh home run of the season.

In the second, Gleyber Torres and Jon Barty hit back-to-back singles, and Oswaldo Cabrera hit Torres with a double down the right field, driving a slider the wrong way.

Skubal bounced back from there and didn’t allow anything until the final four innings. The day ended with six hits, but it was still a no-decision.

Cortez was great through the first six innings, allowing just two baserunners.

After allowing a two-out double to Spencer Torkelson in the second inning, Cortez retired 13 of the next 14 batters.

They ran out of gas in the seventh inning, and former Mets Mark Caña and Jake Rogers touched up singles to end the afternoon’s game.

Ian Hamilton couldn’t close the door. Torkelson hit Caña and Javier Báez beat a potential double play to tie the game for the Tigers.