ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jameson Tallion pitched two-hit ball over eight innings, following Nestor Cortes to give the Yankees their longest consecutive starts in nine years and leading New York over the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0.

Gleyber Torres put the Yankees ahead with a homer in the fourth off Jeffrey Springs and Matt Carpenter, in his second game with New York, homered later in the inning.

New York opened a 6 1/2-game lead over the Rays by winning the first two games of the four-game series.

The Yankees won their fourth straight following a season-worst three-game losing streak and improved to 33-13.