NEW YORK (AP) — David Robertson struck out Carlos Pena with the bases loaded to end a rocky ninth inning in his first save chance since Mariano Rivera’s season-ending knee injury, helping the New York Yankees end a seven-game skid against the Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night.
Raul Ibanez homered twice, Curtis Granderson also connected and the Yankees handed James Shields (5-1) his first loss in seven starts this season.
Ivan Nova (4-1) rebounded nicely after snapping his 15-game winning streak, pitching seven sharp innings, the last three in a steady rain. He gave up six hits and struck out eight. His effort comes on the day New York learned Andy Pettitte will be activated Sunday to make his first start since retiring after the 2010 season — meaning one pitcher will lose a spot in the rotation.