A day after being pulled out of the ninth inning for Phil Coke, Mariano Rivera was back on the mound to earn his 13th save of the season and 495th of his career in a 4-3 Yankees victory over the Rays. Rivera got to do it his way – by facing Evan Longoria.
Rivera got Longoria to ground out.
Nick Swisher hit the 100th home run at the new Yankee Stadium, helping Girardi earn his 200th win as a manager. Alfredo Aceves (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings in New York’s MLB-leading 20th comeback victory this season.
With the Yankees trailing 3-1 with one out in the eighth, Johnny Damon lined a single off Rays reliever Grant Balfour, and Mark Teixeira followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Alex Rodriguez walked to load the bases.
J.P. Howell relieved Balfour and walked Robinson Cano, making it 3-2. Jorge Posada then hit a bouncer to third that Willy Aybar couldn’t handle. Teixeira scored the tying run.
Hideki Matsui then chopped a soft grounder to second and beat the throw to first, preventing an inning-ending double play and giving New York a 4-3 lead.
Rays starter Matt Garza outpitched Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain in a matchup of hard-throwing youngsters that was over early. Garza was done after a tense fifth inning, his shortest outing in 12 starts this season, and Chamberlain left after the sixth.
Chamberlain issued his first walk — to load the bases with two outs in the sixth. After the free pass to Matt Joyce, Gross grounded a ball into center field to make it 3-1.
Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano both went hitless today. However, both players are hitting over .300 (Jeter at .307 and Cano at .300). The Yankees look to tie the series at home against the Rays on ESPN at 7:05 pm.
It will be the two Andys: Andy Sonnanstine and Andy Pettitte.