The Yankees have tried nearly ever letter in the alphabet this season — from Alberto to Brennan to Corban — and tonight it was finally time for Zoilo. In his first major league start, Zoilo Almonte went 3-for-4 with a home run and a curtain call, helping lift the offense-starved Yankees to a 6-2 win against the Rays. Almonte singled in his first two at-bats, then went deep in the sixth to provide a little bit of pop in a game was mostly small ball for the Yankees. Brett Gardner’s leadoff bunt in the first inning led to their first run, two sacrifice bunts brought in another run in the third, and four singles led to two more runs in the fourth. Two more singles in the eighth added an extra insurance run. The Almonte home run and Austin Romine’s first double in more than a month were the Yankees only extra-base hits. Starter David Phelps allowed eight hits but limited the damage to two runs through 5.2 innings.
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