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Yankees hold off Rays in series opener

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Yankees got back in the win column on Friday night with a 2-0 road victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the series opener.

Tampa Bay (19-20) had runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the bases loaded with two outs, but Clay Holmes struck out Jonny DeLuca to end the contest, notching his 12th save of the season.

Anthony Rizzo drove in both runs for New York (26-14), lining a two-out RBI single in the fourth and launching his seventh home run of the season in the ninth.

Clarke Schmidt fired 6.2 shutout innings while allowing five hits, two walks, and striking out six. The right-hander improved to 4-1 this season.

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The Yankees will try to win the series in the second game of this three-game set on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. Nestor Cortes will take the ball, looking to build off his last strong outing.