The Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain left the game with a bruised knee in the first inning, but the Yankees (24-17) carried on with their usual business without him and won their ninth consecutive game.
Jonathan Albaladejo followed Aceves and struggled in his 2 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs – two of them from homers. With Hideki Matsui’s solo shot in the fifth, the Yankees were ahead 7-4 going into the eighth. Jose Veras almost blew the game, but managed to induce a fly out from Brian Roberts. Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save. Full box score here.