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: Ransom (2, Kazmir), Rodriguez, I (19, Hammel). HR: Jeter (9, 9th inning off Hammel,
2 on, 2 out), Rodriguez, A (32, 9th inning off Hammel, 0 on, 2 out). TB: Rodriguez, A 4; Jeter 4; Ransom 4; Rodriguez,
I 2; Nady. RBI: Ransom (6), Jeter 3 (66), Rodriguez, A (91). 2-out RBI: Jeter 3; Rodriguez, A. Runners
left in scoring position, 2 out: Giambi; Rodriguez, A. Team RISP: 2-for-8. Team LOB: 8.
Rodriguez, A (17, 2nd base off Kazmir/Navarro, D).
FIELDING Outfield assists: Gardner (Navarro,
D at home).