ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wilmer Font worked into the sixth inning to get his first major league win, Willy Adames homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday.
Font (1-3) allowed three hits, one walk and struck out four over 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers completed a four-hitter.
Adames had an RBI single during a two-run second and added a solo homer in the seventh off Sonny Gray (5-5).
The Rays have won the first two of a three-game series against the Yankees, who have the best record in the majors.
New York (50-24), coming off a three-game sweep over Seattle, is the only team in the big leagues not to have dropped more than two straight games this year. This is the latest the Yankees have gone into a season without losing three in a row since August 1954.
After Jake Bauers had a first-inning RBI double, Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead in the second when Daniel Robertson hit a run-scoring double and scored on Adames’ single.
The Yankees had one hit in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position, including three unsuccessful tries in both the second and third innings.
New York was limited to five hits and went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position in a 2-1 loss Friday night.
Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka, on the 10-day disabled since June 9 with strained left and right hamstrings, will have his first bullpen session Sunday and may start a simulated game Friday. “If you look back two weeks ago there was no way I would be able to move the way that I did today,” Tanaka said through a translator. “It’s definitely better.”
Rays: RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) felt great one day after a 20-pitch bullpen session and will take the mound again Monday. “Highly encouraged,” said Archer, who could return around the All-Star break. . RHP Jake Faria (left oblique strain) threw 25 fastballs in his first mound session.
Yankees: RHP Domingo German (2-4) got his first major league win by beating Tampa Bay on June 14. He struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs over six innings.
Rays: LHP Blake Snell (9-4) had his scheduled start Sunday pushed back one day to Monday night against Washington. Manager Kevin Cash said Snell could benefit from the extra day off given his recent workload. Tampa Bay will use a bullpen day Sunday.
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