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Clay Holmes blows save, Yankees fall to Royals in series finale

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Yankees (49-22) were an out away from completing the four-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals (40-30) on Thursday afternoon, but then Clay Holmes allowed a walk-off two-run double for his fourth blown save of the season.

Holmes, who was looking for his 20th save, gave up a leadoff infield single and a two-out single before Maikel Garcia, the Royals leadoff hitter, smoked one down the left-field line for a game-winning two-run double.

This all came after the Yankees scored three runs in the eighth after being no-hit through the first seven. Anthony Rizzo put New York on the board with his eighth home run of the season, his first since May 10. Anthony Volpe tied the game with a groundout, and Juan Soto delivered a two-out, go-ahead RBI single.

Nestor Cortes turned in his best road start of the season, tossing seven innings of two-run ball. Luke Weaver fired a scoreless eighth.

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The Yankees will continue their road trip on Friday in Boston when they open a three-game series with the Red Sox. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.