Garza, Rays Beat Yanks 7-1

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 11:31 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Rays' Jonny Gomes (31) slides into third base ahead of the tag by New York Yankees' Alberto Gonzalez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday night, May 12, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Matt Garza pitched seven scoreless innings and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat nemesis Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees 7-1 for their fifth consecutive victory Monday night. Garza (2-1) allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three while holding the Yankees in check with help from three double plays.

Only one baserunner, Alberto Gonzalez in the sixth, reached as far as second base against the right-hander. Jason Bartlett and Dioner Navarro each drove in two runs for the Rays (22-16), who climbed six games over .500 for the first time in franchise history and also extended their home winning streak 10 games. They did it by beating Pettitte (3-4), who was 8-1 at Tropicana Field before giving up five runs and eight hits in four innings.