After an hour and twenty three minute rain delay, the New York Yankees beat the San Diego Padres Wednesday night 8-5, rolling along to their sixth consecutive win (A game this reporter attended).
Taking the hill for the Yankees was Darrell Rasner. Rasner was coming off quite a few tough outings, but straightened things out on Wednesday. He pitched five innings, allowed two runs on three hits, walked five, and struck out four.
The Yankees scored in the first inning, getting one run from an error on Padres' shortstop Khalil Greene. The Bombers tacked on two more runs in the second with RBI from Wilson Betemit and Johnny Damon.
San Diego answered with two runs in the top of the third, with Greene and Jody Gerut each scoring a run.
With the score at 3-2 in the bottom of the third, Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez slugged a solo homer, giving the Yankees a 4-2 lead. With his homer, Rodriguez has now gone deep four times in four consecutive games.
In the top of the fifth, New York built another run. Rodriguez singled and stole second base. Jorge Posada came up and hit a single, scoring Rodriguez from second, giving the Yanks a 5-2 edge.
The Padres were able to get a couple of runs back in the top of the seventh. Brian Giles and Adrian Gonzalez hit back-to-back solo home runs, cutting the lead to one run, 5-4.
The Yankees got both runs back in the bottom of the seventh, leaving the score at 7-4.
In the top of the eighth, San Diego third baseman Chase Headley hit a solo homer off Yankees' reliever Kyle Farnsworth, cutting the lead to 7-5.
The Yankees would strike for one more run in the bottom of the eighth, getting a three run lead at 8-5.
In the ninth, Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera came in to slam the door, notching a save and a Yankee win.
Rasner picked up the win, and his record is now an even 4-4. San Diego starter Jake Peavy struggled in the four innings he pitched and is now 5-4 on the campaign.
Edwar Ramirez and Farnsworth of the Yankees each recorded holds, and of course Rivera picked up his 19th save of the year. Rivera only had 30 saves all of last year.
The Yankees will look for a sweep this afternoon at 1:05 ET. The Yankees will start Joba Chamberlain (1-2, 2.48 ERA). Taking the hill for San Diego is Josh Banks (2-0, 1.29 ERA).