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ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- Wilmer Font and four relievers combined to throw a four-hit shutout, and Willy Adames homered and drove in a pair as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 at Tropicana Field Saturday.

The Rays jumped on Yankees starter Sonny Gray early, with Jake Bauers doubling in Kevin Kiermaier, who singled to begin the bottom of the first and end an 0 for 12 stretch since coming off the 60-day disabled list.

Back-to-back doubles in the second off Gray gave the Rays a 2-0 lead, as C.J. Cron led off the inning with a two-base hit, followed by a double from Daniel Robertson.  Mallex Smith sacrificed Robertson to third and Adames singled him in to make it a 3-0 game.

That advantage would stand up until the seventh, when Adames ended a stretch of 15 straight hitters retired by Gray by tucking an offering just inside the right field foul pole for his second home run of the year.

Font worked 5 2/3 on three-hit baseball, walking one and striking out four, lowering his ERA with Tampa Bay to 1.63, exiting after a walk to Aaron Judge with two out.  Jonny Venters allowed an infield single to Didi Gregorius, but Ryne Stanek struck out Giancarlo Stanton to preserve the shutout and then put up a scoreless seventh inning on top of it.  Chaz Roe worked a perfect eighth, and Sergio Romo followed suit in the ninth to finish the game.

Tampa Bay can sweep the Yankees for the first time in St. Petersburg since July 29-31, 2016 with a win in Sunday's finale.

SUNDAY'S MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Rays (36-40) vs. New York Yankees (50-24), 1:10 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 11:00 a.m. with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays starter - RHP Matt Andriese (1-3, 3.68 ERA) 

Yankees starter - RHP Domingo German (2-4, 4.77 ERA) 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Monday - Rays vs. Washington Nationals, 7:10 p.m. first pitch

Tuesday - Rays vs. Washington Nationals, 12:10 p.m. first pitch

Wednesday - OFF

Thursday - Rays vs. Houston Astros, 7:10 p.m. first pitch

Friday - Rays vs. Houston Astros, 7:10 p.m. first pitch 

Saturday - Rays vs. Houston Astros, 4:10 p.m. first pitch

Sunday - Rays vs. Houston Astros, 1:10 p.m. first pitch

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