Yankees split weekend series with Tampa

Zoilo+Almonte and Robinson-CanoThe Yankees dropped the series opener on Thursday, but then took two out of three from the Rays to split the series 2-2 during a hot weekend at Yankee Stadium.

FRIDAY (6-2 win)

I already wrote about Thursday’s game, which you can read here, and it wasn’t very memorable anyway so we’ll skip it. Friday’s game was exciting though because it was all about Zoilo Almonte, who went 3-for-4 with a homer, to lead the Yankees to a 6-2 victory.

The Yankees offense wasn’t pretty, but they kept tacking on runs. Robinson Cano hit a sac fly in the first, Ichiro Suzuki grounded out and drove in a run, Jayson Nix hit into a double play and drove in a run, and it wasn’t until David Adams‘ single in the fourth made it 4-2 that the Yankees drove in a run on a hit.

Almonte already had a couple of hits when he smacked his first career homer in the sixth inning to give the Yankees a 5-2 lead. Lyle Overbay drove in another tack on run in the eighth for good measure.

David Phelps started the game. he didn’t have his best stuff, but he held the Rays to just two runs over 5.2 innings. The bullpen, as it does, took care of the rest with the big dogs, Boone Logan, Shawn Kelley, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera, all chipping in.

SATURDAY (7-5 win)

The Rays nearly victimized the Yankees with a four-run sixth that made it 5-3, but the Yankees answered back with a four-spot in the seventh as they eventually won 7-5.

The big blow in that four-run seventh was off the bat of Vernon Wells. who hit a pinch hit ground rule double that made it 7-5. Almonte was big in this one too as he drove in a run on a single in the third and then picked up a RBI on a bases loaded walk in the fifth.

CC Sabathia started. He was decent, but was victimized by a pair of home runs. The first was a solo shot by Evan Longoria in the second and a grand slam by Wil Myers in the sixth. Once the Yankees got the lead back though, D-Rob and Mo shut the door.

SUNDAY (3-1 loss)

It would have been nice to have seen the Yankees take this series, especially on Old Timer’s Day, but the offense that showed up Friday and Saturday took the day off on Sunday en route a 3-1 loss.

Ivan Nova was promoted back to the majors for this one following the rainout on Tuesday and doubleheader on Wednesday. He looked solid too getting into some trouble, but he mostly got out of it. He allowed three runs in 6.2 innings on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

It would have been enough to win, but Rays rookie Chris Archer shut them down. The only run the Yankees scored was on a sac fly by Cano in the first inning. They then went to sleep for eight innings for the loss.

• Texas is coming to town this week so be sure to buy your Yankees tickets.

Photo credit: (June 21, 2013 - Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America).

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