gladly filled in for a silent
Swisher launched his second home run of the game Tuesday night, hitting a one-out shot in the ninth inning that barely cleared
the wall and gave the
New York Yankees
a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay. The Rays lost their season-high seventh in a row.
''When you're going into the late innings like that, it's hard not to think about hitting a home run to win the game,'' the
ever-chatty Swisher said.
Jeter, meanwhile, struck out three times and remained stuck in his longest slump of the year, moving no closer to the Yankees
hit record held by
fanned Jeter his first three times up, twice looking. The Yankees star had nothing to show for four at-bats, leaving him in
an 0 for 12 rut and still four hits from surpassing Gehrig's total of 2,721.
Jeter wasn't available for postgame interviews. He usually stays around for comment, but this time left after his first three-strikeout
game since July 2008.
''I've never seen him press before, so I don't know what it looks like,'' Yankees manager
said. ''He's taking a lot of ribbing from this teammates. I'm sure it's on his mind. I think he wants to put this behind him.''
(2-2) pitched a perfect ninth as the Yankees won for the 12th time in 15 games and got their major league-leading 90th win
of the season, surpassing last year's total.
The Yankees have won 13 times in game-ending fashion, the most for them since 1978.
''Walkoffs here are like base hits and bunts,'' starting pitcher
The switch-hitting Swisher connected from both sides of the plate. He won it with a left-handed shot off
(4-4) that barely made it over the right-field wall.
''The inches have been going against us,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''This is pretty much the script of the last three
Swisher homered in the second and
had an RBI single in the sixth. Swisher has three multihomer games this season - he connected lefty and righty each time.
Of Swisher's 26 homers this season, only five have come at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.
''Just being the new guy over here ... it's nice to make memories of our own,'' he said.
greeted Yankees reliever
with a leadoff home run in the eighth, tying it at 2.
hit his 30th homer the previous inning off Gaudin.
Plagued by deep pitch counts earlier in the year, Price came out throwing strikes. He gave up only three hits in six innings,
walked two and struck out six.
retired Jeter on a lineout leading off the eighth, then made the defensive play of the game. The sidearming lefty tracked
's drag bunt, lunged for the ball and flipped it with his glove while falling forward for the out.
Gaudin took a 2-0 lead into the seventh. His winless streak reached 10 starts, before he was traded from San Diego to the
Yankees in early August.
Gaudin helped himself by picking off speedster
at first base with a quick move in the sixth. Crawford also got trapped after a triple in the opening inning, taking off on
Longoria's grounder and getting tagged out in a rundown.
Jeter's parents watched from an upstairs box, and they saw their son go hitless in three straight games for the first time
A day after moving past
into third place for most games played as a Yankee, Jeter joked with the Hall of Famer catcher in the clubhouse.
''I got more rings than him, that's what counts,'' Berra kidded. ''He's still a baby.''
NOTES: Tampa Bay slugger
, who broke two fingers Monday when hit by a pitch from CC Sabathia, met with a hand specialist. He hasn't made a decision
on whether to have surgery. ... Jeter has struck out four times in a game twice.
fanned him four times in 1997 with Philadelphia.