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Robertson Blows Save as Yankees Fall to Rays

Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer off fill-in closer David Robertson in the ninth inning, falling down on a twisted ankle as he finished his swing, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Nick Laham, Getty Images

In his first chance since taking over for injured star Mariano Rivera, Robertson escaped a bases-loaded jam to save Tuesday night’s 5-3 victory over the Rays. But one night later, New York got a chilling dose of real-life reality without Rivera.

With the Yankees clinging to a 1-0 lead, Sean Rodriguez singled through the left side on Robertson’s first pitch and went to third when pinch-hitter Brandon Allen singled to right on the next delivery.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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