Yanks' Pettitte Beats Rays Again

New York lefty improves to 8-1 at the Trop
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 10:12 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford slides safely past New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday night April 15, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Fla.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Andy Pettitte allowed three runs over seven innings and Hideki Matsui homered to lead the New York Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3, Tuesday night for a two-game sweep. Pettitte (2-1) gave up nine hits—seven in the first three innings—struck out five and walked three. The left-hander is 14-2 against Tampa Bay.

Pettitte got the loss in his first start of the season against the Rays on April 5. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five opportunities. The Yankees open a two-game home series with Boston Wednesday. Derek Jeter and Abreu extended the Yankees' advantage to 5-2 with run-scoring singles in the fifth. Jeter's hit came on a nine-pitch at-bat.