Joba Chamberlain pitched eight scoreless innings and Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano homered and drove in two runs apiece to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The AL East leaders won for the 11th time in 13 games since the All-Star break.
Chamberlain limited the Rays to three singles. Joba struck out five and walked two, with both of the free passes coming in the fifth inning.
Teixeira and Melky Cabrera hit solo homers in the eighth. Teixeira and Jorge Posada also had RBI singles for the Yankees,.
Cano hit his 16th homer of the year in the sixth for a 3-0 lead.
Chamberlain is 4-0 over his last seven starts and improved to 5-0 in nine starts on the road this season. He retired eight in a row before allowing a single with two outs in the third and gave up an infield hit to Carl Crawford on a comebacker that he slowed down but couldn’t field in the sixth.
Chamberlain departed with a 6-0 lead, but the Yankees still had to call on Mariano Rivera finish the game in a non-save situation after Brian Bruney gave up a triple to Crawford and Evan Longoria’s 21st homer with no outs in the ninth.
Rivera, who entered with one out after Carlos Pena doubled off Bruney, struck out Pat Burrell. After walking Gabe Gross, the New York closer fanned Michel Hernandez to end the game.
The Yankees built a 2-0 lead on Teixeira’s run-scoring single in the first and a single, double and Cano’s RBI grounder in the fourth, however they wasted several opportunities by stranding runners at third in the second and third innings.