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Rays lose ground
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Yankees 7, Rays 2
Willy Aybar is tagged out at the plate by Jose Molina. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
The Rays watched their lead in the AL East dwindle to four games with the Red Sox's win and a subpar start from Matt Garza, who endured his shortest outing since Aug. 4. The Rays managed 10 hits off Mike Mussina but stranded eight runners in the first seven innings.
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Series at a glance:
NYY
NY Yankees (74-64)
Won 2
NY Yankees 7, Tampa Bay 2   TB
Tampa Bay (84-52)
Lost 1
September 2, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
NY Yankees
0 0 0 3 2 1 0 1 0   7 9 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0   2 12 1
Standings thru 9/2/08  |  Recap: NYY | TB  |  Gameday  |  Yankees stats  |  Rays stats
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Damon, CF 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 .317
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 1 0 1 1 .295
Abreu, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .299
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 3 3 2 1 1 0 0 .311
Giambi, 1B 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 .250
  1-Ransom, PR-1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .600
Nady, LF 4 1 1 2 0 2 3 .321
Matsui, DH 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .304
Cano, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 .268
Molina, J, C 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 .222
Totals 34 7 9 7 1 8 13  

1-Ran for Giambi in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Giambi (14, Hammel).
3B: Damon (5, Garza, M).
HR: Nady (22, 4th inning off Garza, M, 1 on, 2 out), Rodriguez, Al (30, 8th inning off Hammel, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Cano; Matsui; Giambi 2; Jeter; Damon 4; Rodriguez, Al 5; Nady 4.
RBI: Giambi (86), Nady 2 (84), Damon (59), Jeter (63), Matsui (43), Rodriguez, Al (86).
2-out RBI: Nady 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Molina, J; Cano.
SAC: Molina, J.
SF: Giambi.
GIDP: Jeter.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Jeter (10, 2nd base off Garza, M/Riggans).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Damon (Aybar, W at home).
DP: (Rodriguez, Al-Cano-Giambi).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 5 0 1 0 0 3 0 .279
Upton, B, CF 5 1 1 0 0 3 2 .270
Pena, C, 1B 4 0 2 0 1 2 2 .249
Floyd, C, DH 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 .270
  a-Baldelli, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .342
Aybar, W, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .250
Hinske, LF 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 .255
Bartlett, SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 .281
Gross, RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 5 .237
Riggans, C 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 .229
  b-Zobrist, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .224
  Navarro, D, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .290
Totals 37 2 12 2 2 11 19  

a-Grounded into a forceout for Floyd, C in the 7th. b-Grounded out for Riggans in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Hinske (20, Mussina), Pena, C (19, Mussina), Gross (12, Mussina), Riggans (7, Mussina).
TB: Bartlett 2; Gross 2; Upton, B; Floyd, C; Pena, C 3; Aybar, W; Hinske 3; Iwamura; Riggans 2.
RBI: Floyd, C (33), Riggans (24).
2-out RBI: Floyd, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gross; Aybar, W; Riggans; Floyd, C; Baldelli; Zobrist.
GIDP: Gross.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
E: Garza, M (1, throw).
DP: (Miller, T-Bartlett-Pena, C).

 
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mussina (W, 17-7) 6.0 10 2 2 1 8 0 3.39
Marte 0.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.20
Chamberlain (H, 13) 1.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.59
Giese 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.52
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garza, M (L, 11-8) 5.0 5 6 4 1 2 1 3.64
Miller, T 2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 4.50
Hammel 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 4.13
Salas 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 11.25

Mussina pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
Garza, M pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.

HBP: Giambi (by Miller, T).
Pitches-strikes: Mussina 104-70, Marte 11-10, Chamberlain 19-10, Giese 20-13, Garza, M 100-65, Miller, T 23-17, Hammel 21-18, Salas 11-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Mussina 7-0, Marte 0-0, Chamberlain 3-1, Giese 0-2, Garza, M 4-6, Miller, T 1-1, Hammel 0-1, Salas 0-1.
Batters faced: Mussina 27, Marte 3, Chamberlain 6, Giese 3, Garza, M 22, Miller, T 8, Hammel 5, Salas 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Marte 1-0, Chamberlain 2-0, Miller, T 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Brian Runge. 1B: Greg Gibson. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Charlie Reliford.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:25.
Att: 21,629.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
September 2, 2008
September 2, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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