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Rays snatch finale
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Rays 7, Yankees 5
Scott Kazmir allowed just one hit over six innings, striking out seven. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
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.
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Series at a glance:
NYY
NY Yankees (75-65)
Lost 1
Tampa Bay 7, NY Yankees 5   TB
Tampa Bay (85-53)
Won 1
September 4, 2008
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NY Yankees
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5   5 7 0
Tampa Bay
0 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 X   7 14 0
Standings thru 9/4/08  |  Recap: NYY | TB  |  Gameday  |  Yankees stats  |  Rays stats
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Damon, LF 4 1 0 0 1 1 2 .313
Jeter, SS 4 1 1 3 1 1 0 .294
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 3 1 1 1 2 0 2 .315
Nady, RF 4 0 1 0 1 1 1 .318
Giambi, DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .247
Rodriguez, I, C 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .281
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .267
Ransom, 1B 3 1 3 1 1 0 0 .750
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 .182
  a-Matsui, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .302
Totals 34 5 7 5 6 10 13  

a-Struck out for Gardner in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Ransom (2, Kazmir), Rodriguez, I (19, Hammel).
HR: Jeter (9, 9th inning off Hammel, 2 on, 2 out), Rodriguez, Al (32, 9th inning off Hammel, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Jeter 4; Rodriguez, Al 4; Nady; Rodriguez, I 2; Ransom 4.
RBI: Ransom (6), Jeter 3 (66), Rodriguez, Al (91).
2-out RBI: Jeter 3; Rodriguez, Al.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Giambi; Rodriguez, Al.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Rodriguez, Al (17, 2nd base off Kazmir/Navarro).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Gardner (Navarro at home).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 5 2 2 1 0 2 3 .279
Upton, B, CF 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 .272
Pena, C, 1B 2 0 0 0 3 1 1 .246
Floyd, C, DH 5 0 2 0 0 1 4 .279
Aybar, W, 3B 4 1 2 3 1 0 3 .250
Hinske, LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .252
  Ruggiano, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .193
Navarro, C 5 1 4 0 0 0 3 .297
Gross, RF 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 .243
Bartlett, SS 3 0 1 1 0 1 3 .279
Totals 35 7 14 7 6 5 26  

BATTING
2B: Gross (13, Rasner), Navarro (23, Aceves), Floyd, C (12, Britton).
3B: Iwamura (7, Britton).
HR: Aybar, W (9, 4th inning off Aceves, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Iwamura 4; Upton, B; Floyd, C 3; Aybar, W 5; Hinske; Navarro 5; Gross 2; Bartlett.
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 2.
SF: Bartlett; Upton, B.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 12.

 
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rasner (L, 5-10) 1.1 6 5 5 2 1 0 5.43
Aceves 5.0 5 1 1 2 4 1 1.29
Britton 1.2 3 1 1 2 0 0 3.93
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kazmir (W, 11-6) 6.0 1 0 0 5 7 0 2.99
Miller, T 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.38
Bradford 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.12
Hammel 0.2 4 5 5 1 1 2 4.71
Wheeler (S, 11) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.58

WP: Rasner.
IBB: Aybar, W (by Britton).
Pitches-strikes: Rasner 43-25, Aceves 97-61, Britton 31-19, Kazmir 98-56, Miller, T 15-12, Bradford 12-10, Hammel 20-13, Wheeler 1-1.
Groundouts-flyouts: Rasner 1-1, Aceves 2-5, Britton 0-2, Kazmir 6-3, Miller, T 0-0, Bradford 0-2, Hammel 0-1, Wheeler 0-1.
Batters faced: Rasner 12, Aceves 22, Britton 9, Kazmir 24, Miller, T 4, Bradford 4, Hammel 7, Wheeler 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Aceves 3-2, Britton 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Layne. 1B: Charlie Reliford. 2B: Brian Runge. 3B: Greg Gibson.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:20.
Att: 26,080.
September 4, 2008

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