05/24 21:11 CDT Gardner homers, Yankees beat Rays 9-4
Gardner homers, Yankees beat Rays 9-4
By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Brett Gardner, Lyle Overbay and Jayson Nix each drove in two runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4 on Friday night. Gardner made it 5-0 with a two-run homer off Roberto Hernandez (2-5) during the fourth. The Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the second on Overbay's two-run double and an RBI single by Nix. David Phelps (3-2), who retired his first 13 batters before James Loney hit a one-out double in the fifth, allowed four runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings. He left in the eighth after it appeared he was hit on the right arm by a drive up the middle by Ben Zobrist. New York right fielder Curtis Granderson broke the knuckle of his left pinkie finger after getting hit by Cesar Ramos' pitch in the fifth. After later scoring, he was replaced defensively by Ichiro Suzuki in the bottom of the inning. X-rays at the ballpark discovered the break.
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