James Shields let up a scattered six hits and just one run through seven innings of work, racking up six strikeouts to lead his Tampa Bay Rays past the New York Yankees 2-1 last night at Tropicana Field. CC Sabathia pitched all eight innings for the Yankees, allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts. New York rallied for one run in the eighth courtesy of Robinson Cano’s double that scored Derek Jeter.
“That was a good battle. It’s nice to come out with a win, especially after what happened last time we faced each other in New York,” Shields said after the game. “Any time you face CC, you’re going to go through a battle. Fortunate for us, we got just enough runs to win the ballgame.” The division rivals won’t meet again until August 12th at Yankee Stadium. The Rays currently stand at 52-45 behind the Yankees and Red Sox in the AL East. Boston leads the Yankees by two games with a 59-37 regular season record.