Russell Martin drove in two runs in the fourth inning and homered later in the sixth, lifting the New York Yankees to win 6-4 over the Tampa Bay Rays last night at Tropicana Field. Hiroki Kuroda was able to notch the W after letting up four runs on eight hits through six innings on the mound.
The Yankees now sit atop the AL East Division at 77-59. The recent victory has New York 2 1/2 games ahead of the Rays and just one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.
“There’s no question it’s sink or swim time,” said Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. “In order for us to swim, we’ll have to swim the right way. We’re going to start playing the brand of baseball we started tonight.” The Yanks are set to battle the Orioles for four games at Camden Yards starting tonight at 7:05 PM. They will match-up against the Rays again next week following their three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.