Cano, A-Rod Help Yankees Hold Back Rays

Bombers get season highs in runs and hits
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 10:16 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Rays' Eric Hinske (32) greets Evan Longoria at the plate after Longoria's solo home run off New York Yankees reliever Brian Bruney during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, April...   (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
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(Newser) – Robinson Cano's pinch-hit homer snapped an eighth-inning tie, and Alex Rodriguez hit No. 521 to match Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Willie McCovey on the career list during the New York Yankees' 8-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. Johnny Damon and Morgan Ensberg also homered for the Yankees, who broke six runs for the first time this season.

With shortstop Derek Jeter back in the lineup, Yankees starter Ian Kennedy cruised into the seventh inning with a 7-2 lead before he was hit on the right hip by a line drive. The infield single knocked Kennedy out of the game, and Tampa Bay hit three quick homers off New York's bullpen to tie the score before Cano’s winner.