American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at New York|
(Tuesday, May 8th)
Final Score: New York 5, Tampa Bay 3
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Raul Ibanez hit two home runs, Ivan Nova threw
seven solid innings and David Robertson anxiously closed out the Yankees' 5-3
win over the Rays in a rain-soaked series opener between the division foes.
Nova (4-1) allowed two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out
eight for New York, which had lost seven straight to its AL East rival dating
back to last season.
Curtis Granderson also homered off Rays starter James Shields (5-1), who had
his five-start win streak snapped as he surrendered three runs on four hits
and three walks over six frames.
Jose Molina and Luke Scott both hit solo homers in the loss, Tampa Bay's third
"They hit some homers tonight, their guy Nova really pitched well...it was a
well played game and they got us tonight," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
The Rays loaded the bases against Robertson in the ninth, but the Yankees' new
closer in the wake of the injury to Mariano Rivera caught Carlos Pena looking
at strike three to pick up his fourth career save.
"I think it's important for him, he looked comfortable...He threw strikes and
that's the most important thing," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi of
Ibanez crushed a two-run homer off Shields in the fourth, and an inning later
Granderson added a solo shot -- on the 10th pitch of his at-bat -- for a 3-0
Molina opened the sixth with his second home run of the season, and Scott cut
the deficit to 3-2 with another round-tripper in the seventh.
Nova gave up a walk and a double following Scott's blast, but maintained the
lead by getting Sean Rodriguez on a flyout to shallow right and striking out
Molina on three pitches.
Ibanez greeted Burke Badenhop in the seventh with another longball, proving to
be the game-winner.
The Rays pulled within 4-3 in the eighth when Ben Zobrist led off with a
triple and raced home on a wild pitch by Rafael Soriano, but the Yankees got
the run back in the bottom half.
B.J. Upton misplayed a line drive to center field, allowing Alex Rodriguez to
reach second base, and Mark Teixeira doubled down the right-field line to
knock in the insurance run.
Ibanez has 15 career multi-home run games...Nova is 3-0 in five career starts
against the Rays...Robertson has not allowed a run in his last 26 1/3 regular
season innings pitcher dating to September 1, 2011...Shields, who fell to 5-12
in his career against the Yankees, was trying to tie Scott Kazmir's team
record of six straight wins set in 2008...The middle test of this three-game
series pits Tampa Bay's Jeff Niemann against fellow righty David Phelps.
05/09 03:06:27 ET