Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Yankees won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 4
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Tampa Bay2
Game 2: Saturday, April 5
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Game 3: Sunday, April 6
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Yankees 10

(5-1, 5-1 away)

Devil Rays 5

(2-5, 2-5 home)

    1:15 PM ET, April 6, 2003

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: R. Clemens (2-0)

    L: V. Zambrano (0-1)

    Yankees support Clemens with three homers

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Roger Clemens took another step toward an impressive milestone.

    Roger Clemens

    Clemens won his 295th game and Alfonso Soriano and Nick Johnson opened the game with consecutive homers as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-5 Sunday.

    "Longevity is paying off,'' Clemens said. "It's something I've worked really hard throughout my career to do and I just keep getting paid back for it in different good ways.''

    Clemens (2-0) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings. After limiting Tampa Bay to a run and three hits through six, the six-time Cy Young Award winner gave up a three-run homer to Javier Valentin in the seventh.

    Clemens struck out six, including rookie Rocco Baldelli four times, and walked three. He would be the 21st pitcher to reach 300 wins.

    "Sure he wants to win 300,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "But I certainly think he wants to make his last year if it turns out to be his last year ... something more than the 300 wins. I sense he's looking beyond that. I think he's looking to have the kind of season Roger Clemens is suppose to have.''

    Bernie Williams also homered for the Yankees, who concluded a season-opening road trip at 5-1. New York has scored 54 runs and outhomered its opposition 15-2.

    "It still surprises me that we're swinging the bats this well this early,'' Torre said.

    Soriano and Johnson started the game with back-to-back homers off Victor Zambrano (0-1) to put the Yankees up 2-0. It was just the third time in team history the feat has been accomplished.

    Hank Bauer and Andy Carey did it on April 27, 1955, against the Chicago White Sox. The other time came when Chuck Knoblauch and Derek Jeter homered on July 30, 1999, at Boston.

    Valentin got the Devil Rays within 2-1 on a sacrifice fly in the second. He tied a career-high with four RBI.

    New York loaded the bases with no outs in the third, but scored just once on Williams' sacrifice fly to make it 3-1. Williams hit a solo homer during a three-run, seventh and added an eighth-inning RBI double to move past Bob Meusel (1,005) into ninth place on the Yankees' all-time RBI list with 1,007.

    Erick Almonte had an RBI double and Soriano hit a run-scoring single as New York took a 5-1 lead in the sixth. Almonte added an RBI single in the ninth.

    "The key was early in the game to try and keep them off the board and keep the momentum on our side,'' Clemens said. "And our guys finally broke though, so it was nice,''

    Zambrano allowed five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked six, struck out two and had two wild pitches. In two starts, Zambrano has given up 11 runs, 12 hits and 10 walks in 10 innings.

    "We've been in the bullpen too much,'' Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "We've got to get more innings from our starting pitching.''

    After Williams homered leading off the seventh, Robin Ventura and John Flaherty hit RBI singles extending the Yankees' lead to 8-1.

    Valentin's homer in the bottom half made it 8-4.

    Baldelli hit an RBI single in the ninth off Juan Acevedo. He has a hit in all seven games.

    "You're going to have days like this,'' Baldelli said. "You try not to worry or get down. You learn from it.''

    Game notes

    Yankees RF Raul Mondesi said he was fine after fouling a ball off his left big toe in the seventh. He then doubled and was replaced by pinch-runner Chris Latham. ... Soriano went 3-for-6 and has recorded multi-hit efforts in all six games this season. He has nine career homers leading off a game. ... Ventura (back stiffness) was back in the lineup after not playing Saturday. ... Tampa Bay RF Ben Grieve singled in the fourth to end an 0-for-13 slide. ... Zambrano threw just 56 of 118 pitches for strikes. ... Yankees LF Hideki Matsui has a hit in all six games. He's the first player to hit safely in his first six games as a Yankee since Joe Lefebrve in 1980. ... The Yankees left a runner stranded at third base in every inning from the second through the fifth.

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