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Yankees stop 9-game road slide vs. Rays

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The New York Yankees finally stopped a long skid at Tropicana Field.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run single during a three-run eighth and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Wednesday.

Cano has driven in at least one run in a career-best eight consecutive games, helping the AL East leaders stop a nine-game road losing streak against the Rays.

"0-9 here, you want to be able to win and get over it," Cano said.

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Alex Rodriguez cut the Yankees' deficit to 3-2 when he drew a one-out bases-loaded walk, the fourth freebie issued by Kyle Farnsworth (0-1) in the eighth. Jake McGee came on and allowed Cano's single that put New York ahead.

"I was just thinking about making contact," said Cano, who had been 1 for 13 this season with the bases loaded.

Farnsworth was making just his second appearance of the season after being out with a strained right elbow. Tampa Bay's regular eighth-inning set-up man, Joel Peralta, had pitched in three of the previous four games.

"Kyle Farnsworth is a big part of our present and our future," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "For us to get to the promised land, he's got to perform well, which he shall. I've never seen him do that before, but he just needs a little more work. His stuff was fine, he was just missing a little bit."

Carlos Pena hit a two-run shot off Boone Logan (3-0) as the Rays went up 3-1 in the seventh.

After David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth, Rafael Soriano got the final three outs for his 19th save in 20 opportunities.

"A tremendous win for us," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "This has been a tough place for us. It's nice to get a win."

Mark Teixeira got the Yankees even at 1-all on a solo homer to start the seventh. Rodriguez followed with a double, but was returned to second after apparently stealing third with one out after it was ruled that plate umpire Mike Estabrook interfered with catcher Jose Lobaton's throw to third. Andruw Jones then hit a long fly to right that likely would have scored A-Rod.

Rodriguez did steal third with two outs, but the Yankees failed to score when Russell Martin, mired in a 0-for-27 slide, hit a grounder.

David Price, bidding to become the AL's first 12-game winner, gave up one run and four hits over seven innings. The left-hander departed his previous start last Friday after seven innings due to lower back tightness.

"It was a typical AL East game and they beat us," Price said.

Cano got the first hit against Price, a fifth-inning single. The AL All-Star struck out eight and walked two.

"It's the best I've seen his curveball," Girardi said. "When you add that with the other stuff, the fastball up to 98, the back-door cutter, the changeup, he had no-hit stuff."

Ben Zobrist walked against New York starter David Phelps, stole second and scored to make it 1-0 on Sean Rodriguez's single with two outs in the fourth.

Phelps, filling in for injured ace CC Sabathia, allowed one run and two hits over 4 1/3 innings in his first start since May 9. He struck out eight, walked three and hit two batters.

"Let's give Phelps some props," Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher said. "I think he did a tremendous job."

Sabathia is on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left groin. He is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday and could rejoin the rotation right after the All-Star break.

Notes

  • Cano has an 11-game hitting streak.
  • Rodriguez is 7 for 7 in stolen base attempts this season.
  • Tampa Bay 3B Jeff Keppinger left after two innings because of a bruised left biceps. X-rays were negative.
  • Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain, who dislocated his right ankle bouncing on a trampoline with his son March 22, threw off a bullpen mound in preparation for a simulated game on Friday.
  • Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson, hit in the right shin by Prince Fielder's liner in last Saturday's game against Detroit, is set to make his scheduled start Thursday night at Cleveland.
  • New York OF Brett Gardner (right elbow) could start taking dry swings in the next couple days.
 
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Robinson Cano drives in at least one run for the Yankees in a career-best eight consecutive games. (US Presswire)
Robinson Cano drives in at least one run for the Yankees in a career-best eight consecutive games. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Pena
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

R. Cano
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS5020011 .303
Curtis Granderson, CF3100232 .241
Mark Teixeira, 1B3211200 .247
Alex Rodriguez, DH4021121 .266
Robinson Cano, 2B5022014 .316
Nick Swisher, RF3000123 .258
Andruw Jones, LF4010003 .230
    Dewayne Wise, PR-LF0000000 .271
Russell Martin, C4000015 .178
Jayson Nix, 3B2000010 .228
   a- Eric Chavez, PH-3B1100100 .270
Totals34484711  
a-walked for Nix in the 8th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (16, Howell), Alex Rodriguez (10, Price)
HR - Mark Teixeira (14, Price)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (46), Alex Rodriguez (36), Robinson Cano 2 (50)
SB - Alex Rodriguez (7, 3rd base off Price/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 10
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Phelps 4.1211380 3.05
Clay Rapada0000100 3.00
Cody Eppley 1.2100030 2.53
Boone Logan (W,3-0) 1222021 3.34
David Robertson (H,8) 1000120 2.42
Rafael Soriano (S,19) 1000010 1.72
HBP - Keppinger (by David Phelps), Pena (by David Phelps)
Pitches-Strikes - David Phelps 81-47, Clay Rapada 6-2, Cody Eppley 30-18, Boone Logan 15-13, David Robertson 13-8, Rafael Soriano 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Phelps 1-3, Cody Eppley 1-1, David Robertson 1-0, Rafael Soriano 1-1
Batters Faced - David Phelps 19, Clay Rapada 1, Cody Eppley 6, Boone Logan 5, David Robertson 4, Rafael Soriano 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF4000011 .231
Carlos Pena, 1B2112200 .199
B.J. Upton, CF3000132 .245
Jeff Keppinger, 3B0000000 .317
    Brooks Conrad, 3B3000034 .149
Ben Zobrist, RF3100102 .251
Luke Scott, DH4000031 .197
Jose Lobaton, C3010121 .214
    Will Rhymes, PR0000000 .235
    Jose Molina, C0000000 .200
Sean Rodriguez, 2B4011032 .221
Elliot Johnson, SS4120010 .268
Totals30353516  
Batting
HR - Carlos Pena (13, Logan)
SH - Desmond Jennings (1)
RBI - Carlos Pena 2 (36), Sean Rodriguez (25)
2-OUT RBI - Sean Rodriguez (9)
SB - Carlos Pena (2, 2nd base off Eppley/Martin), Ben Zobrist (8, 2nd base off Phelps/Martin), Elliot Johnson (15, 3rd base off Eppley/Martin)
PK - Sean Rodriguez (1, Phelps)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Johnson-S. Rodriguez-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price 7411281 2.82
Kyle Farnsworth (H,1; L,0-1) 0.1033410 20.25
Jake McGee (BS,1) 0.2200010 1.61
J.P. Howell 0.2100110 4.33
Burke Badenhop 0.1100000 3.71
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 116-74, Kyle Farnsworth 26-10, Jake McGee 22-16, J.P. Howell 15-9, Burke Badenhop 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 8-4, J.P. Howell 1-0
Batters Faced - David Price 26, Kyle Farnsworth 5, Jake McGee 4, J.P. Howell 4, Burke Badenhop 2
Game Information
Attendance - 28033
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook