Yanks to DRays: Don't Dish It If You Can't Take It

Mere hours after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, David Wells (9-2) and the Yankees clobbered their opponents by a final score of 10-2 in the second game of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday. Wells pitched his third complete game of the season, and Ruben Sierra drove in three runs to lead the Yankees.

Jason Giambi, who homered in the first inning of the first game, kicked off the scoring for the Yankees in the first inning of the second game. Giambi's single to center scored Alfonso Soriano to give the Yankees a quick 1-0 lead.

The Yankees added a run in the fourth on an RBI single from Ruben Sierra, the first of three RBI for Sierra on the night. New York broke loose in the bottom of the fifth however, plating four unearned runs with the help of Tampa starter Dewon Brazelton's error.

Brazelton threw John Flaherty's attempted sacrifice bunt into centerfield, leaving Todd Zeile safe at second. Alfonso Soriano then walked to load the bases for Derek Jeter, who grounded out but forced home Zeile. After Giambi struck out, Hideki Matsui drove a single to left center to score Flaherty, and Sierra ripped a double to left center that scored Jeter and Matsui and chased Brazelton from the game.

The Yankees tacked on two more runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings, bring their lead 10-2. The runs included a Robin Ventura RBI single and a Jeter RBI double.

David Wells was in complete control of the game however. The portly left-hander allowed just two runs – one earned – on seven hits, without walking a batter. He also struck out one while completing his third start of the year and giving Joe Torre's bullpen a break.

Brazelton (1-6) was charged with the loss, allowing six runs in 4 2/3 innings on seven hits and a pair of walks. Only two of the runs were earned, and just five of the Yankees' ten runs were earned thanks to three Devil Ray errors.

Since Sierra was acquired from Texas on May 6 for minor-league outfielder Marcus Thames, the switch-hitter is batting .440 with two homeruns and seven RBI in just 25 at bats.

Giambi had three hits in the second game to raise his average to .251, its highest point since April 4, when he was hitting .278. Giambi is batting .310 in June, after hitting .260 in May and just .204 in April.

Game three of the four-game series between these two teams takes place on Wednesday at 7:05 pm. Roger Clemens (7-4, 3.73), with win no. 300 safely in his pocket, will take the hill for the Yankees. Victor Zambrano (3-4, 4.38) will get the start for Tampa Bay.

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