Yankees-Rays: New York Squeak Past Tampa Bay to Even Series

Patrick MaceContributor IJune 7, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 07:  Joba Chamberlain #62 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during their game on June 7, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees took game two of the series on sunday by a score of 4-3.

Joba Chamberlain pitched well, throwing five six strong innings, giving up only five hits and three runs, while striking out four. Relief was outstanding for Chamberlain, as Aceves came in and threw two scoreless innings, striking out four of the six batters he faced.

Tampa Bays' Garza (4-4, 3.67 ERA) threw a gem, giving five innings allowing only one earned run on four hits. The bullpen faltered late, with Balfour in relief, giving up three runs in the eighth inning.

Runs were spread throughout the Yankees lineup as Cano, Posada, Matsui, and Swisher all picked up one RBI.

For the Rays, Gabe Gross drove in two of the three Tampa Bay runs in the game.

Alfredo Aceves picked up the win, improving his record to 4-1, while Balfour was tagged with the loss, his first on the season.

Also, Nick Swisher hit the 100th homerun ever at the new Yankee Stadium, while Joe Girardi got his 200th win as a manager.

The two will face off tomorrow for the rubber match of the series, starting at 7:05.