St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) – Just after Alex Rodriguez failed to club career homer No. 600, Robinson Cano belted a solo shot to right field with one out in the ninth inning, providing the New York Yankees with a 5-4 win over the Rays, snapping Tampa Bay’s seven-game winning streak.
Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with a walk and scored once, but he hasn’t gone deep since July 22 against Kansas City. He popped out to a stumbling Jason Bartlett in short left field leading off the ninth against Rafael Soriano (2-1), but Cano then crushed a 1-0 offering to right field to give the Yankees a two-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East.
Mark Teixeira added a two-run homer and Nick Swisher a solo blast for the Yankees, who won for the eighth time in 11 games.
Matt Garza, pitching for the first time since his no-hitter against Detroit on Monday, lasted seven innings, allowing five hits and four runs while fanning nine batters.
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