A solo homer by Kelly Shoppach in the top of the fifth gave the Rays their first run of the evening. Sean Rodriguez tied the game with a solo homer in the seventh. The Rays had a chance to take the lead in the eighth, as CC Sabathia started to struggle. He gave up back-to-back singles to Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton. He then walked Evan Longoria, loading the bases with one out. Girardi called for David Robertson who got Ben Zobrist to ground into a double play, ending the threat and keeping the game tied 2-2.
The Yankees fought back in the bottom of the eighth. Nick Swisher doubled to center and was replaced by Greg Golson on the bases. With two outs, Teixeira worked a walk and Cano was put on intentionally, loading the bases. With Montero due up, Girardi gambled and called on the veteran Posada to pinch-hit. He lined a single to right, bringing Golson and Teixeira home and giving the Bombers a 4-2 lead. Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth and the Yankees took the victory and the AL East.
Jesus Montero: Jesus went 0-3 and hit into a double play with the bases loaded (though it did score a run, so it wasn’t all bad).
Bottom of the lineup: Chavez, Martin, Dickerson and Nunez all went 0-3. Chavez managed to work a walk.
Jorge Posada: I’ll be honest, I had my reservations when Posada was called to pinch hit for Montero, but I sure was happy to see him prove me wrong. He hit a nice line drive that scored two runs and gave the Yankees the win. Of course, he admitted after the game that he thought it was the bottom of the ninth, not the eighth, but no harm no foul right?
CC Sabathia: Sabathia went 7.1 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out six. He got into a bit of a jam in the eighth, but was saved by…
David Robertson: DRob often manages to get himself out of trouble he has made, but tonight he escaped Sabathia’s mess. I shudder to think of where the Yankees would be this year without him.
In The On Deck Circle:
The Bombers will wrap up this series with the Rays on Thursday evening. Bartolo Colon will take the mound for the Yankees, coming off a tough start against the Blue Jays. He went just four innings and gave up six runs. Jeff Niemann will throw for the Rays. He last saw the Yankees on July 7th, when he went 7.1 innings and gave up just one run on six hits and two walks. First pitch is at 7:05pm in the Bronx.