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Yankees blow three-run lead in series-opening loss to Reds

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  • Kyle Evans 

Clay Holmes has been lights out this season but that was not the case on Tuesday night as the New York Yankees fell to the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3, in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees led 3-0 going into the bottom of the ninth inning but Holmes allowed a season-high four runs and did not record an out. The closer had no control of his pitches as he hit a couple of batters and walked one while allowing a pair of hits. Wandy Peralta allowed the go-ahead two-run single with two outs but the runs were charged to Holmes.

Gerrit Cole started on the mound for New York and tossed seven shutout innings while striking out 11.

The Yankees plated two of their three runs in the bottom of the first. Anthony Rizzo lined a two-run single to center.

In the bottom of the third, Josh Donaldson extended the lead with a run-scoring single to center.

Gleyber Torres collected three of the team’s nine hits.

The Yankees will try to snap their three-game skid on Wednesday night with Luis Severino on the hill. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.