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Monday, April 7, 2008

Game 7: Yankees win 6-1

The Yankees finally combined offense and solid pitching in the 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night.

They recorded 11 hits on the way to scoring a season-high six runs, while Mike Mussina (1-1) allowed only one run on two hits over six innings. He also struck out three and walked one while throwing 82 pitches.

The only run Mussina allowed was a third-inning solo home run to Jonny Gomes. He also had three 1-2-3 innings.

Bobby Abreu was the Yankees' hitting star this game. He hit a first-inning two-run home run to give the Yankees the early lead off of Jason Hammel (0-1). He also singled and tripled during his 3-3 night.

Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui also had two hits apiece. Matsui contributed with two RBI.

Hammel pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. He struck out two batters and walked one. Scott Dohmann did not provide much relief, as he gave up two earned runs in his inning of work.

The Yankees' bullpen also fared well. Brian Bruney, Kyle Farnswroth and LaTroy Hawkins each pitched a scoreless inning. Hawkins allowed a hit and a half while pitching the ninth.

In total, the Rays offense only mustered three hits, as the Yankees played their best overall game of the young season.

The Yankees have a quick turnaround. They fly to Kansas City for a 4:10 p.m. start tomorrow afternoon. Phil Hughes starts for New York, while Brian Bannister counters for the Kansas City Royals.

Note: During the game, Derek Jeter strained his left quadriceps while running to first base. Wilson Betemit moved from first base to short stop and Morgan Ensberg came in to play first.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


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