ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The New York Yankees completed their best trip to Tampa Bay in a decade with their first sweep this season.
Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira drove in two runs each, and the Yankees beat the Rays 5-3 April 19 to complete a three-game sweep.
“You make up a little bit for the slow start,” Headley said. “We didn’t play well, really, in any facet the first couple series.”
New York (6-6) reached .500 for the first time since it was 1-1. The Yankees swept a series of three or more games at Tampa Bay for the first time since Sept. 13-15, 2005.
Headley had an RBI single off Matt Andriese (0-1) in a two-run third to help the Yankees go ahead 3-2. He made it 5-2 with an RBI double in the fifth.
Teixeira hit a first-inning sacrifice fly and run-scoring grounder in the third, and John Ryan Murphy had a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Alex Rodriguez doubled, walked twice and scored twice. Rodriguez, who leads the team with a .316 average, four homers and 11 RBIs, also hit a broken-bat fly that was caught just in front of the left field warning track.
Michael Pineda (2-0) allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. After Ryan Brett doubled leading off the ninth for his first big league hit, Andrew Miller struck out three straight batters for his fourth save.
“It feels good,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “You’re getting contributions up and down the lineup. The bullpen came in and did a really good job. Got some good starting pitching. Those are the things you need to be consistent.”
Steven Souza Jr. homered and drove in three runs for the Rays. “It’s just a bump in the road,” Souza said.
David DeJesus drew a rare road walk from Pineda leading off the first and scored on Souza’s homer for a 2-1 lead. In 10 road starts with the Yankees, Pineda has walked three in 48 2-3 innings.
Souza cut the Rays’ deficit to 5-3 with an RBI double in the fifth. Andriese gave up four runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.