Tampa Bay at New York

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Tampa Bay (56-81) «0010013308141
N.Y. Yankees (76-61)000010100281

Pena, Rays rout Yankees, take two of three in Bronx

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NEW YORK -- This wasn't exactly what the New York Yankees were looking for heading into a pivotal series.

It was a tremendous confidence booster for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer to tie the franchise's single-season record and the Devil Rays beat New York 8-2 Sunday for their eighth win in 10 games.

The Yankees lost two of three to lowly Tampa Bay after sweeping AL East-leading Boston. They open a three-game series on Monday against Seattle, which is just two back of New York in the wild-card race.

"Yeah, it's frustrating but you don't take anybody lightly," manager Joe Torre said. "Any team is capable of controlling the game with their pitching and that's what they did in their two (wins) here."

Tampa Bay beat Andy Pettitte for only the second time in 20 career starts and won a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 2005. It's only the Devil Rays' fourth series win in 27 trips to the Bronx.

"The level that we're pitching at now and the level that our bullpen is at right now really permits us to win games that we were not able to win last year," manager Joe Maddon said.

Bobby Abreu went 2-for-5 with an RBI for New York, which dropped six games back of Boston in the division. The Mariners lost 6-4 at Toronto, their ninth straight setback.

"We can't look at the scoreboard," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. "When we have to take the field, we have to win."

Akinori Iwamura hit a two-run homer one day after his bat was confiscated, and Dioner Navarro and Josh Wilson had solo drives for the Devil Rays.

"I was happy for us and Aki because I know how upset he was yesterday," Maddon said.

Pettitte was coming off a typically brilliant August and had won 12 straight decisions against the Devil Rays.

But Tampa Bay went in front on B.J. Upton's sacrifice fly in the sixth, and Pena hit his 34th homer in the seventh to chase Pettitte and make it 5-1. Jose Canseco also hit 34 homers with the Devil Rays in 1999 and Aubrey Huff accomplished the feat in 2003.

"I'm so happy that I've been able to contribute," said Pena, who spent much of last season on the Yankees' Triple-A team and signed a minor league deal with Tampa Bay in the offseason. "In a game like today, it just feels good to know that you helped the ballclub out."

Pettitte (12-8) allowed five runs and a season-high 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings, falling to 8-2 in 11 starts since the All-Star break. He also dropped to 13-2 with a 3.53 ERA against Tampa Bay.

"I got outpitched today," Pettitte said. "I like to think that doesn't happen often."

The left-hander, who won all six of his starts last month, hadn't lost since July 27 at Baltimore.

While Pettitte struggled, the Devil Rays got a great start from Jason Hammel (2-4). The rookie struck out seven in five-plus innings, allowing just one run and five hits on his 25th birthday.

"It was all working together today," Hammel said.

Hammel, who went 0-6 in nine starts with Tampa Bay last season, earned his first career win as a starter. He tossed 2 1/3 shutout relief innings to win at Arizona on June 18.

Navarro connected with one out in the third for his seventh of the season, giving Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. Left fielder Johnny Damon tried to bring it in with a well-timed jump at the wall but the drive just cleared his glove.

Damon responded in the fifth, throwing out Wilson at the plate and giving New York a little momentum.

Hammel hit Andy Phillips with a pitch with one out in the bottom half and Melky Cabrera followed with a double to right. Phillips hustled around third and stuck his hand under Navarro to reach the plate ahead of the tag.

Cabrera went to third on the throw home and Damon reached on an error to give the Yankees runners on the corners. But Hammel got Jeter to fly out to right and struck out Abreu to end the inning.

Phillips left the game with a contusion of his right wrist and was replaced at first by Wilson Betemit in the sixth. The Yankees said he will have a precautionary MRI exam and CT scan.

Hammel departed after he brushed Alex Rodriguez with a pitch to begin the sixth. Scott Dohmann entered and got Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada to fly out before Robinson Cano walked to put runners on first and second. Betemit then flied out to left to end the inning.

Dohmann and three others combined to work the final four innings for the Devil Rays.

Iwamura's two-run drive in the eighth was his first since Torre questioned whether his bat conformed to major league rules during New York's 9-6 win on Saturday.

"Nothing carried over from yesterday," Iwamura said through a translator. "I haven't had anything bad or wrong with my bat so I didn't really think about it."

Maddon then got Alex Rodriguez's bat confiscated by the umpires in what Maddon said was purely a retaliatory move.

Notes

  • Tampa Bay RF Delmon Young singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and LF Carl Crawford singled in the seventh to extend his to 11.
  • The Devil Rays improved to 23-59 at Yankee Stadium all-time.
 
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Carlos Pena ties Tampa Bay's single-season record with his 34th home run.  (US Presswire)
Carlos Pena ties Tampa Bay's single-season record with his 34th home run. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. Navarro
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

C. Pena
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B5122022 .282
Carl Crawford, LF4210100 .314
Carlos Pena, 1B4123110 .274
B.J. Upton, CF3001121 .313
Delmon Young, RF4020110 .296
Brendan Harris, 2B5020013 .286
Jonny Gomes, DH4000033 .246
   a- Greg Norton, PH-DH1000012 .219
Josh Wilson, SS4121003 .249
Dioner Navarro, C4331001 .215
Totals388148411  
a-struck out for Gomes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Josh Wilson (12, Pettitte)
3B - Carlos Pena (1, Pettitte)
HR - Akinori Iwamura (6, Ramirez), Carlos Pena (34, Pettitte), Josh Wilson (2, Ramirez), Dioner Navarro (7, Pettitte)
SF - B.J. Upton (3)
RBI - Akinori Iwamura 2 (24), Carlos Pena 3 (96), B.J. Upton (70), Josh Wilson (21), Dioner Navarro (35)
2-OUT RBI - Akinori Iwamura 2 (10), Josh Wilson (17)
SB - Carl Crawford (46, 3rd base off Pettitte/Posada)
PK - Brendan Harris (1, Pettitte)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Iwamura-Harris-Pena
E - Josh Wilson (19, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Jason Hammel (W,2-4) 5511070 6.95
Scott Dohmann (H,3) 1.1011200 2.35
Grant Balfour 1300010 4.82
Dan Wheeler 0.2000000 4.97
Gary Glover 1000000 5.45
HBP - Phillips (by Jason Hammel), Rodriguez (by Jason Hammel)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 97-62, Scott Dohmann 29-14, Grant Balfour 29-22, Dan Wheeler 13-8, Gary Glover 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 4-4, Scott Dohmann 1-3, Gary Glover 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 22, Scott Dohmann 6, Grant Balfour 6, Dan Wheeler 2, Gary Glover 3
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF4100120 .258
Derek Jeter, SS5000034 .322
Bobby Abreu, RF5021023 .284
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3000012 .306
Hideki Matsui, DH4010001 .300
Jorge Posada, C4020001 .329
Robinson Cano, 2B3010101 .298
Andy Phillips, 1B1100001 .292
    Wilson Betemit, 1B1000002 .220
   a- Jason Giambi, PH-1B1000002 .255
Melky Cabrera, CF4021002 .297
Totals3528228  
a-flied out for Betemit in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (26, Hammel), Melky Cabrera (21, Hammel)
3B - Bobby Abreu (5, Balfour)
RBI - Bobby Abreu (90), Melky Cabrera (60)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Abreu (21)
SB - Johnny Damon (21, 2nd base off Hammel/Navarro), Alex Rodriguez (21, 2nd base off Dohmann/Navarro), Melky Cabrera (12, 2nd base off Hammel/Navarro)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Johnny Damon 1
E - Andy Pettitte (1, Throwing)
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte (L,12-8) 6.11155272 3.82
Edwar Ramirez 1.1333032 7.11
Jose Veras 1.1000210 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 119-77, Edwar Ramirez 21-16, Jose Veras 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 4-6, Jose Veras 2-1
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 30, Edwar Ramirez 7, Jose Veras 6
Game Information
Attendance - 53957
Game Time - 3:44
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley