Yankees Lose Season Opener Against Rays, 7-6

April 6, 2012 12:00 AM

Yankees Lose Season Opener Against Rays, 7-6

" Carlos Pena hit an early grand slam off CC Sabathia, then completed a ninth-inning comeback with an RBI single off Mariano Rivera that lifted the Tampa Bay Rays to a season-opening 7-6 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday.

Rivera (0-1) had been 60 of 61 in save chances against the Rays. But after Desmond Jennings opened the ninth with a single against baseball's career saves leader, Ben Zobrist tripled home the tying run.

The 42-year-old Yankees closer intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases and struck out Sean Rodriguez. Pena, who was 0 for 11 lifetime against Rivera, won it by driving a 1-2 pitch off the base of the wall in left-center field for his fifth RBI of the game.

Pena, making his return to the Rays after a year away with the Chicago Cubs, hit his slam in the first. Evan Longoria hit a solo homer in the Rays third, and it stayed 6-5 until the ninth.

Rivera's rough outing was the latest in a recent series of bad outings by big league closers. Jose Valverde, Chris Perez and Boston's Alfredo Aceves all struggled a day earlier "

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