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Almonte powers Yanks past Rays

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Zoilo Almonte went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in a dazzling first major league start that helped the New York Yankees earn a 6-2 decision over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Almonte's efforts, combined with a solid performance from David Phelps and shutdown work from the Yankees' bullpen, enabled New York to avenge an 8-3 defeat to the Rays in Thursday's opener of this four-game AL East series and win for only the third time in 10 games.

Phelps (5-4) worked around eight hits to limit Tampa Bay to two runs over 5 2/3 innings, with four Yankee relievers holding the Rays scoreless over the final 3 1/3 frames. Mariano Rivera finished off the victory with a 1-2-3 ninth for save No. 26 on the season.

Lyle Overbay added two hits, including a run-scoring single, for New York.

Roberto Hernandez (4-8) took the loss after allowing all five Yankee runs on nine hits over a seven-inning stint.

Ben Zobrist and Luke Scott each finished 2-for-4 with an RBI for Tampa Bay, which has now dropped seven of 10 as well.

06/21 22:08:15 ET