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Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 12:33 AM EDT
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New York Yankees
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R H E
10 16 2
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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9 13 0
W Anderson (1-0)
L Carter (4-3)
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NY YANKEES 10, TAMPA BAY 9
 

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- After Juan Rivera rescued the New York Yankees , Todd Zeile took advantage of an unexpected opportunity.

Rivera blasted a game-tying three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and Zeile added a go-ahead RBI double as the Yankees rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays .

New York let a 6-3 lead slip away and entered the ninth facing a 9-6 deficit. Raul Mondesi greeted Tampa Bay closer Lance Carter with a long double and former Devil Ray John Flaherty singled.

That brought up Rivera, who made just his second start in the last six games. Rivera belted a 1-2 delivery from Carter (4-3) over the center field fence for his first homer of the season and second of his career.

"I was having pretty good at-bats, except I was fouling them off," said Rivera, who was 1-for-4 heading to the ninth. "That ninth-inning at-bat, I was trying to hit the ball in the air and it just went out."

One out later, Carter plunked Derek Jeter to bring up Zeile, who hit in the seventh for Jason Giambi after the first baseman suffered a bruised right forearm. Mired in a 1-for-27 slump, Zeile delivered his hit into the right-center field gap to score Jeter.

"Juan got the big hit, mine was just icing," Zeile said. "The pressure was off at that point. I was geared to shoot that hole through the right side and I was just able to stay on it."

Carter, who saved Monday's win, was charged with his fifth blown save in 17 chances.

"If you are looking for an excuse, you are not going to get it from me," Carter said. "I just didn't get them out. They get get paid to score runs and I get paid to get them out. Tonight, they won."

Yankees reliever Jason Anderson (1-0) notched his first major league victory by retiring all three hitters he faced in the eighth. Mariano Rivera allowed a hit and a walk in the ninth before striking out Carl Crawford for his 10th save in 11 chances.

"To come back and win that game was important," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "I thought you had to pick yourself up, and we did."

Marlon Anderson connected for his first career grand slam and had three hits and a career-high five RBI for Tampa Bay, which missed a chance to win consecutive games for the first time since May 15-16.

Giambi appeared to suffer his injury when fielding a grounder off the bat of Julio Lugo in the sixth inning. X-rays were negative and Giambi indicated he was all right after the game.

New York improved to 5-9 in games started by Jeff Weaver , who failed to snap a personal four-game losing streak. He turned in 5 1/3 unspectacular innings, allowed four runs and nine hits and remained winless since May 15.

"I'm feeling real confident right now," Weaver said. "Eventually, it will change as long as I start staying positive and work through this slump."

Weaver left with a 6-4 lead and watched New York's bullpen give it away when Tampa Bay batted around in the seventh inning. Aubrey Huff led off with a single against Chris Hammond , who walked Ben Grieve and Travis Lee to load the bases.

Hammond exited in favor of Al Reyes , who struck out pinch hitter Jason Tyner . But Marlon Anderson deposited a 2-0 pitch over the right field fence to give their Devil Rays their first lead.

"I just felt Reyes had a better chance at getting a ground ball, but he gave up the home run," Torre said. "He got everybody out, except Marlon."

The Devil Rays added their final run when Crawford scored on an error by third baseman Robin Ventura .

Flaherty hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Tampa Bay starter Dewon Brazelton , who retired just three batters in the shortest outing of his career. Giambi and Jorge Posada added RBI singles for a 4-1 lead.

"Sometimes outcomes or results don't reflect the work you put in," Brazelton said. "That is just a part of this game."

Tampa Bay scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second on an error by Jeter at shortstop and pulled within 4-3 in the third on Marlon Anderson 's run-scoring groundout.

Hideki Matsui and Ventura had RBI singles in the fourth inning to give New York a 6-3 lead.

The Yankees improved to 2-26 when trailing after eight innings, notching both victories over the last three games. New York has won nine out of its last 11.


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