The Yankees entered Wednesday night with Mike Mussina going up against Rays ace James Shields. After dropping the first two, and now facing Shields, the Yankees were not looking so hot, but Mussina put the team on his back for a 2-1 victory in Tampa.
Runs were hard to come by, but the Yankees took advantage of two key, two-out RBI, one in the fourth by Robinson Cano and one in the fifth by Bobby Abreu.
Mussina had the Rays' hitters off balance all night, with curveballs registering in the mid 60s. The Rays' top-three hitters in the lineup were a combined 0-11 with four strikeouts.
The Yankees' defense was also a major factor, as there were several big plays made throughout the game, including some great plays by a nimble Jason Giambi at first base. Melky Cabrera also gunned down Cliff Floyd, who was trying to go from first to third on a single to center.
The Yankees and Rays will meet Thursday for the series finale. Ian Kennedy has been called up from AAA to get the start. The Rays will send "Strikeout" Scott Kazmir to the mound, and will be looking to start a new winning streak.