Jeter Even With the Iron Horse in Hits, Yankees Down Rays in Series Finale

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst ISeptember 14, 2008

The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Carl Pavano started for the Yankees. He went 5.1 innings, gave up four runs on five hits, walked two and struck out three.

Edwin Jackson started for the Rays, and did not last long. He went only two innings, gave up six earned runs on six hits, walked one, and struck out one.

The Yankees got going in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded, Alex Rodriguez blasted a long home run into the right field bleachers for a grand slam, his 34th home run of the year, and the Yankees took a 4-0 lead. For Rodriguez, it was his 17th career granny, and his 97th, 98th, 99th, and 100th RBI of the year.

In the top of the second, the Rays answered back with a three run homer from recent call-up Fernando Perez. The new kid smacked a three-run homer, his first of the year and first of his career, and the Rays trailed 4-3.

The Yankees got two runs back in the bottom of the frame. Jason Giambi blasted a two-run homer, his 30th of the campaign, and the Yankees led 6-3.

Derek Jeter came up in the bottom of the fifth and smacked a solo home run, his 11th of the season, and the Yankees went ahead 7-3.

With the homer, Jeter tied Lou Gehrig for most hits in Yankee Stadium with 1,269. When Jeter reaches base via base hit the next time during this home-stand, he will stand alone as the all-time hits leader in the current Yankee Stadium.

In the top of the sixth, the Rays got a run when Akinori Iwamura walked with the bases chucked to score Cliff Floyd, and Tampa Bay then trailed 7-4.

The Yanks got that run back in the bottom of eighth with an RBI single from Wilson Betemit to score Rodriguez, and the Yankees took an 8-4 lead.

Mariano Rivera came in to close the door in the ninth. He got Willy Aybar out on strikes to end the game and give the Bombers a series victory over the Rays.

Pavano captures the win and moves to 3-1.

Jackson takes the loss and is now 11-11.

Damaso Marte and Brian Bruney each recorded a hold, and Rivera notched his 35th save of the year.

The Yankees will now open up a four game series with the Chicago White Sox tomorrow night at 7:05 ET.

Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 1.29 ERA) will start against Mark Buehrle (13-11, 3.88 ERA).