Russell Martin hit a grand slam to help stop the Yankees' struggles with the bases loaded and Andy Pettitte was dominant again at home, leading New York to a 7-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.
Nick Swisher hit an RBI double after Raul Ibanez was walked intentionally and the Yankees treated Rays starter James Shields to another drubbing in the Bronx. Pettitte (3-2) pitched two-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings, striking out 10 in New York's ninth win in 12 games.
Shields (6-4) was sabotaged early by the Rays' ever-shifting defense as New York scored two unearned runs in the first thanks to an error by shortstop Elliot Johnson. The Rays made three errors in the game.
The Yankees returned home from a 6-3 road trip to beat the Rays for the third time in four meetings since Tampa Bay swept a season-opening three-game series.
The Rays have been in first or second in the division for most of the season despite having several key injuries, including to Desmond Jennings and Evan Longoria. Jennings, out since May 12, returned from the disabled list and went 1 for 4.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon had Hideki Matsui batting fourth for his first game in New York since joining the Rays last month. He said he did it for the sheer drama of having the former Yankees slugger in the cleanup spot back in the Bronx.
"We stay in the theater district when we're in town and I thought it might be good theater," Maddon said before the game. "Why not hit him fourth and have him hit a home run?"
Matsui was 0 for 4, but he was hardly alone in struggling against the 39-year-old left-hander.
Pettitte struck out five in a row in the second and third innings before B.J. Upton led off the fourth with a sharp, low liner that took a short hop and hit off shortstop Derek Jeter's glove for the Rays' first hit.
Carlos Pena singled in the fifth for the only other hit against Pettitte.
Pettitte improved to 3-1 at Yankee Stadium since his return from retirement. In four starts here, he's allowed just six runs (1.88 ERA)