Mussina Lifts Yanks, Ties Gibson at 251

Abreu, Matsui lead New York to a series split with Tampa Bay
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2008 10:07 PM CDT
Jonny Gomes follows through on his third-inning solo home run off New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina in American League action at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, April 7, 2008.    (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Mike Mussina tied Bob Gibson on the career wins list by pitching six sharp innings, Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Monday night. Abreu went 3-for-3 with a walk and Hideki Matsui drove in two runs for the Yankees, who salvaged a split of the four-game series.

Mussina's 251st win tied him with Gibson for 42nd place all-time. He struck out three to equal ex-Yankee David Cone for 21st place with 2,668 Ks. New York, which scored just 17 runs in its first six games, finished with season highs for runs and hits with 11 despite losing Derek Jeter before the third with a strained left quadriceps.