Pineda helps Yankees finish sweep of Rays

Pineda helps Yankees finish sweep of Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira each drove in a pair of runs to support another solid effort from Michael Pineda, helping the Yankees complete a series sweep of the Rays with a 5-3 victory on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Headley followed Teixeira's third-inning RBI groundout with a go-ahead run-scoring single, highlighting the attack against Tampa Bay starter Matt Andriese, who took his first big league loss after permitting four runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"The best part about that is that it's coming from different guys," Headley said. "It's not just one guy who's carrying us every night, it's coming from different guys. And that bodes well for us going forward."

Steven Souza Jr. hit a two-run home run in the first inning and connected for a fifth-inning RBI double as part of a three-hit performance against Pineda, who recovered to fire 5 2/3 innings of three-run, seven-hit ball and earn his second win of the season. Dellin Betances recorded five outs and Andrew Miller worked the ninth for his fourth save.

"It feels good. You're getting contributions up and down the lineup," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Our bullpen came in and did a really good job. We got some good starting pitching. Those are things you need to be consistent. We're going to play a [Tigers] team [starting Monday] that has played very well and is swinging the bats very well. We've got our work cut out for us."

Headley's RBI single

Rays rookies raking: Souza Jr.'s first-inning blast was his third of the season, giving Rays rookies seven of the team's 13 home runs this year, with Tim Beckham (two), Allan Dykstra and Mikie Mahtook supplying the others. The Rays' team record for rookie home runs in April is eight, which was set in their inaugural 1998 season.

"He hung that one and I just barreled it up," said Souza of a 1-2 Pineda slider that he launched into the left-field seats. "Their game plan today was pretty obvious -- they were going to come at me with breaking balls, and so I made an adjustment." More >

Souza Jr.'s two-run shot

Pineda battles: It is rare for Pineda not to have control of his slider, but he tossed a few spinners up to the plate, including the pitch that Souza Jr. cracked out of the yard. Pineda said that his changeup was also spotty, but he battled to pitch into the sixth inning.

"I'm happy. We won the game and that's what I'm looking for," Pineda said. "I didn't have good stuff today, but I tried to make adjustments and throw the ball good."

Pineda's solid start

Andriese roughed up: When the Yankees chased Andriese with one out in the fourth, it marked the second time in as many Major League starts that the rookie right-hander was unable to last four innings. Andriese's early departure forced the Rays' beleaguered bullpen -- which surrendered six runs in three innings on Saturday -- to supply 5 2/3 innings of additional relief against the powerful Yankees lineup.

"It never stops. They always have a good hitter in there," Andriese said. "They can mix and match with all their switch-hitters, and you've got to just go right after them."

Triple threat: Garrett Jones isn't known for his speed, but he has now legged out at least one triple in each of his eight big league seasons, grabbing three bases on a sinking fourth-inning liner that center fielder Desmond Jennings couldn't corral. In the span of less than 24 hours, the improbable duo of Jones and catcher Brian McCann have notched the Yankees' first two triples of the season.

"That's definitely pretty cool to have that going on right now, but we're swinging the bats pretty well," Jones said. "Our bats are coming alive, and when we do this, we're going to score a lot of runs and take the pressure off our pitching. It's nice to definitely win a series, and we want to keep building on that." More >

Miller notches the save

By dropping all three matchups with the Yankees this weekend, the Rays were swept in a series of three or more games at Tropicana Field for the first time since Sept. 13-15, 2005, when the Yankees performed the feat in another three-game set. The winning pitchers in those games were Jaret Wright, Chien-Ming Wang and Aaron Small.

The Rays ran their record on replay challenges to 0-for-7 after umpire Jerry Layne's sixth-inning out call on Dykstra at first base was confirmed. With the Yankees in a defensive shift, the left-handed-hitting Dykstra hit a hard grounder that second baseman Stephen Drew corralled in short right and threw to first, nabbing Dykstra by a half step. Rays manager Kevin Cash argued that the throw pulled Teixeira off the bag, but replay clearly showed that the Yankees first baseman maintained contact with his right foot.

Rays lose challenge

Yankees: Left-hander CC Sabathia (0-2, 5.68 ERA) takes the ball for his third start of the season on Monday as the Yankees open a four-game series with the Tigers at Comerica Park. Sabathia has 19 career wins against the Tigers, tied with the White Sox for the most of his career. Right-hander Alfredo Simon (2-0, 2.03 ERA) will start for Detroit, with first pitch scheduled for 7:08 p.m. ET.

Rays: Chris Archer (2-1, 1.36 ERA) will get the ball when the Rays open a three-game series with the Red Sox on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field. After struggling on Opening Day against the Orioles, Archer has been dazzling in his last two starts, allowing no runs and three hits with 16 strikeouts in victories over the Marlins and Blue Jays. Lefty Wade Miley (0-1, 10.57 ERA) will start for Boston.

Watch every out-of-market regular season game live on MLB.TV.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Michael Kolligian is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.