Scott Kazmir allowed just one hit over six innings, striking out seven. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
When you need a win, you go to your stopper. And Scott Kazmir delivered a sweep-preventing win for Tampa, which is now 3 1/2 games up on Boston in the AL East. The Rays ace got more than enough offense behind a five-run second, which knocked out Yanks righty Darrell Rasner.
BATTING 2B: Gross (13, Rasner), Navarro, D (23, Aceves, A), Floyd, C (12, Britton). 3B: Iwamura (7, Britton). HR: Aybar, W (9, 4th inning off Aceves, A, 0 on, 2 out). TB: Bartlett; Gross 2; Upton, B; Floyd, C 3; Navarro, D 5; Aybar, W 5; Hinske; Iwamura 4. RBI: Gross (37), Bartlett (26), Iwamura (41), Aybar, W 3 (26), Upton, B (64). 2-out RBI: Aybar, W 3. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Aybar, W; Hinske; Upton, B 2; Navarro, D 2. SF: Bartlett; Upton, B. Team RISP: 4-for-13. Team LOB: 12.