Rolls notched his first career multi-home run game and
pitched seven effective innings as Tampa Bay held on for a 4-2 triumph over the
New York Yankees
After putting the
ahead with a three-run blast in the second inning, Rolls added a solo shot in the fifth for a 4-2 lead. His four RBI set a new career high.
"I was just thinking about hitting the ball," Rolls said. "It's
out there. He's nasty and he's coming after me. The guy has a presence on the mound. Roger supplied most of the power. I was just trying to get my hands out there."
"He's been doing a real nice job at third base," Tampa Bay manager
said. "We needed his bat to come alive. Hopefully, it is a harbinger of things to come."
Clemens (7-5) dropped the first decision in his last eight starts against Tampa Bay. He allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
Clemens' struggles began early in the second when he walked
. He struck out
and enduced a lineout by
before issuing another walk to
, who ended Clemens' no-hit bid with an eighth-inning single on Wednesday.
Rolls stepped to the plate and fouled off the first two pitches before working a full count. After another foul, Rolls blasted a fastball over the left field wall for his first home run since August 24, 2001.
"I can't get on my split because it's been really good to me," Clemens said. "Sometimes it acts like a two-seamer and it was in the area that he likes. I backed myself into a corner with the two walks and the 3-2 count. It was a good ballgame. I can't really complain about the mistake."
reached the 20-20 plateau for the second time in his career with his sixth leadoff home run of the season, giving the Yankees an early lead. He stole his 20th base on Sunday in a 7-3 win over the
New York Mets
Zambrano (4-4) enjoyed his second straight strong performance against the Yankees, allowing two runs and five hits in seven innings. The righthander, who tossed eight scoreless frames in New York on Wednesday, walked four and struck out six.
"This one was more important to me," Zambrano said. "Making back-to-back starts against a team means I have to concentrate more. I think I did that. A lot of good things happened today."
"He's got good stuff," New York captain
said. "He keeps the ball down. Even the one Sori (Soriano) hit out was down. The two times he's thrown against us, he's done the same thing. The only way he hurts himself is with walks."
also benefited from four double plays, including three with Zambrano still on the mound.
"That helped my confidence," Zambrano said.
pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save as Tampa Bay snapped a five-game losing skid and improved to 4-5 against New York this season.
"It all comes back to pitching," Yankees manager
said. "If they do all the things on the mound, they have a better chance to win just like every other ball club. We had a winning effort tonight, but they were better."
The Yankees cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth. Zambrano began the inning by walking Jeter and
reached on a forceout and
followed with a ground-rule double to plate Jeter.
Yankees left fielder
left the game in the second inning with a strained right hamstring.