by Steve Carney
Ryan Roberts hit two home runs, Yunel Escobar went deep for the second time in as many days, and Matt Moore threw eight strong innings as the Tampa Bay Rays won their fourth straight game by defeating the New York Yankees 5-1 Monday at Tropicana Field.
Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia was rocked for four runs in the first inning. Roberts started the barrage with one out, launching his first home run of the year into the left field seats. Two batters later, Evan Longoria singled to center and scored on an RBI triple by Sean Rodriguez to make it 2-0. Yunel Escobar then doubled the lead with his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to right.
Roberts made the lead five runs in the third inning with his second home run of the night.
New York's only run came in the fourth, when Robinson Cano hit his sixth home run of the year, a solo shot, to right.
Moore (4-0) became the first Rays pitcher in franchise history to win his first four starts of a season. He gave up just a single run on two hits, walking three and striking out nine.
Kyle Farnsworth threw a perfect ninth inning to seal the victory.
Tampa Bay will try and make it five wins in a row Tuesday, when David Price (0-1, 6.26 ERA) takes on Phil Hughes (0-2, 6.43 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on 620 WDAE starting at 6:00 with Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.