NEW YORK — Gleyber Torres hit another three-run homer and Domingo German struck out a career-high 10 for his first major league win as the New York Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night.
Aaron Hicks also homered off Blake Snell (8-4) as New York beat the blossoming left-hander for the second time this season and ended his four-game winning streak.
German (1-4) gave up a home run to Matt Duffy on the first pitch of the game but quickly recovered to strike out the next three batters. Making his seventh start in place of injured Jordan Montgomery, the rookie right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in his 19th career appearance.
Chad Green and Dellin Betances set up Aroldis Chapman for his 19th save in 20 attempts.
Wilson Ramos and Joey Wendle each had an RBI single for the Rays, who were coming off a three-game sweep of Toronto.
Duffy tried to score from first on Ramos' run-scoring single in the third when the ball caromed off left fielder Giancarlo Stanton after he charged in and got his body in front of it. Stanton chased down the ball and fired a strike to catcher Gary Sanchez at home plate, cutting down Duffy for the final out of the inning to keep the score 2-0.
Fresh off a three-day breather, the slumping Sanchez also threw out Carlos Gomez trying to steal third with one out in the seventh.
Hicks hit an opposite-field homer to right in the fifth. Aaron Judge singled and Sanchez drew a two-out walk before Torres drove a 96 mph, full-count fastball to left for his 13th homer since being called up from the minors on April 22. This was the first one that didn't come from the No. 9 hole — Torres batted fifth as the Yankees started nine right-handed hitters against Snell.
The rookie has five three-run homers already, most among big league hitters. Torres also went deep in Wednesday night's loss to Washington.
New York, with the best record in the majors at 44-20, hasn't lost consecutive games since May 22-23 at Texas.
Making a strong bid for his first All-Star selection, Snell struck out eight and threw 105 pitches in five innings. He was 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA in his previous four starts.
Rays: Gold Glove CF Kevin Kiermaier (right thumb surgery) and SS Adeiny Hechavarria (strained right hamstring) are moving from Class A Charlotte to Triple-A Durham this weekend to continue their rehab assignments. Each is scheduled to be the DH in one of the three games from Friday through Sunday. ... RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) is likely to play catch Friday, manager Kevin Cash said. ... INF Daniel Robertson (strained left hamstring) probably will play a rehab game or two at Class A and the team hopes he'll be able to come off the disabled list next Thursday, the first day he's eligible, Cash said.
Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (two strained hamstrings) was kept home with a virus but is expected back at the ballpark Friday. The issue shouldn't delay Tanaka's return, manager Aaron Boone said.