The Yankees stranded 15 baserunners, allowed two runs to score
on errors and blew a three-run lead in the seventh when Al Reyes
gave up a grand slam.
"It's definitely frustrating," Tampa Bay's Damian Rolls said.
"We had them on the ropes."
The Devil Rays wasted Marlon Anderson's first career grand slam,
which put them ahead 8-6. They added another run in the seventh on
third baseman Robin Ventura's fielding error, but closer Lance
Carter (4-3) couldn't hold the three-run lead.
Carter hit Derek Jeter with a pitch one out later, and Zeile --
replacing Jason Giambi, who left in the seventh with a bruised
right wrist -- doubled into the gap in right-center to drive in the
go-ahead run and snap a 1-for-27 skid.
"Juan got the big hit, mine was just the icing," Zeile said.
"The pressure was off at that point."
The Yankees have won nine of their last 11 games.
"The way they came back and jumped all over us with the grand
slam and then taking advantage of an error, to come back and win
that ballgame was important," manager Joe Torre said. "You
basically had to pick yourself up, and that's what we did."
Jason Anderson (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for his first
major league victory. Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 10th
save in 11 opportunities as the Yankees won for just the second
time in 28 tries when trailing after eight innings.
"It's pretty obvious what happened out there. ... I didn't get
them out," said Carter, who blew his fifth save in 17
"If you're looking for an excuse, you're not going to get it
from me. I just didn't get them out."
Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella declined to meet with reporters.
"If you're waiting for me, I'm not talking," he said after
stepping out of his office.
Marlon Anderson's fourth homer of the season wiped out a 6-4
deficit after Chris Hammond gave up a single and a walk to load the
bases with no outs. Al Reyes, the third Yankees pitcher, struck out
pinch-hitter Jason Tyner before giving up the grand slam.
Anderson, who has two homers and 10 RBI against New York this
year, also drove in a run off Jeff Weaver in the third when he
grounded to first with the bases loaded and finished with a
career-high five RBI.
Flaherty, who played five seasons for Tampa Bay before signing
with the Yankees last winter, homered off Dewon Brazelton during
New York's four-run second. Giambi and Jorge Posada had RBI singles
in the inning, and the Yankees added run-scoring singles by Hideki
Matsui and Ventura for a 6-3 lead in the fourth.
Weaver gave up a solo homer to Rocco Baldelli in the first, an
unearned run on Jeter's throwing error in the second and had to
work out of a jam with the bases loaded to keep the lead in the
The Devil Rays fought back after Brazelton allowed three runs
and walked four in one-plus inning. They chased Weaver, who hasn't
won in six starts since May 15, when Carl Crawford's RBI single
trimmed the deficit to 6-4.
Flaherty's homer was his first as a Yankee, and Piniella decided
he had seen enough of Brazelton after the next batter, Rivera,
The Yankees built their lead to 4-1 on RBI singles by Giambi and
Posada, but wasted an opportunity for more runs in the second when
Ventura struck out and Mondesi popped up with the bases loaded.
Ventura, whose 16 career grand slams are the most among active
players, also struck out after Brazelton walked Alfonso Soriano,
Giambi and Matsui to load the bases in the first. He went to the
plate with the bases loaded for the third straight time in the
fourth and singled off Jorge Sosa, driving in one run for a 6-3
Ventura was 0-for-8 with the bases loaded this season
before his fourth-inning single. ... Baldelli's homer was his first
at Tropicana Field. ... Giambi, who went 2-for-3, has reached base
safely in 30 consecutive games. ... According to the Elias Sports
Bureau, Rolls became just the third player to get three extra-base
hits off Roger Clemens in one game when he had two homers and a
double Monday night. The others are Jim Thome on June 2, 2001, and
Edgar Martinez on Aug. 18, 2002. Rolls is one of 11 players to
homer twice in a game against Clemens.