ST. PETERSBURG (AP) - Curtis Granderson backed a solid pitching performance by Freddy Garcia with a two-run homer, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night.
Garcia (8-7) scattered eight hits, struck out seven and walked none over 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander worked out of tight spots with runners in scoring position four times and reliever Boone Logan bailed him out of a fifth.
Granderson homered off David Price (9-8) in the first inning. David Robertson pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the Yankees, and Mariano Rivera added a perfect ninth in a non-save situation to finish the combined shutout.
Price, who is 20-6 all-time against AL East opponents, allowed two runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked two, struck out five.
The second-place Yankees won for the fourth time in five games, remaining 1 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East. Third-place Tampa Bay has lost six of eight to fall a season-high eight games off the pace in the division.