Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/9/12

The New York Yankees held a two-run lead in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, but the familiar refrain of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" was not heard.

With Mariano Rivera out for the season, it was David Robertson running in from the bullpen to protect the lead, his walk-in music of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" accompanying him to the mound.

Robertson experienced some nerves as he took the ball in the first save opportunity since Rivera tore his ACL last Thursday, but the right-hander made it through the ninth despite loading the bases, picking up his first save in the 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.

"I think it was good to get the first one under my belt," Robertson said. "I'm very happy about it. I'm glad no one scored and I didn't ruin the game. I'm going to try my best to not put so many runners on base."

Robertson got Jeff Keppinger to ground out for the first out, but he walked Will Rhymes and gave up a single by Sean Rodriguez, putting the tying runs on base. Robertson struck out pinch hitter Brandon Allen, but a walk of Ben Zobrist loaded the bases.

Robertson escaped the jam with a strikeout of Carlos Pena, securing the save as he threw his hands over his head in relief.

"When you've got the bases loaded, that's a pressure-cooker," Robertson said. "You just have to really focus. I tried to lock in the best I could because I knew I had two outs. I just needed to make a couple good pitches. I was very fortunate I was able to get the out."

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