NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't expect to get much of a break just because the New York Yankees would not have injured closer Mariano Rivera for the rest of the season.
While Maddon said he'd rather face a healthy Rivera than see him hurt, he paid a compliment to Rivera's main successor for the season, David Robertson, before Tuesday's game. Maddon said "Robertson could be the next-best closer in the game."
Robertson wasn't as dominant as he'd been lately, but he worked out of his own jam in the ninth inning in his first save opportunity since Rivera was injured. He wrapped up a 5-3 victory over the Rays with his first save of the season and extended his season-long scoreless-innings streak to 13.
After a one-out walk to Will Rhymes and a single by Sean Rodriguez, Robertson struck out pinch-hitter Brandon Allen, but walked Ben Zobrist to load the bases.
Robertson then struck out Carlos Pena looking to end the game.
Raul Ibanez homered twice for the Yankees and Ivan Nova moved to 4-1 with seven innings of two-run, six-hit ball.
Mark Teixeira added a key insurance run with a RBI double in the eighth to make it 5-3.
Rafael Soriano allowed a run in the eighth for New York, on a triple to Zobrist and a wild pitch, when Tampa Bay closed within 4-3. Jose Molina and Luke Scott homered for the Rays, who dropped their third straight. Tampa Bay starter James Shields (5-1) lost his first game of the season, giving up three runs on four hits in six innings.
Ibanez's second home run, a solo shot in the seventh, gave the Yankees some breathing room, for a 4-2 lead.
Nova pitched out of a jam in the seventh, following Scott's homer, a walk by Jeff Keppinger and a double by Rhymes.
He got Rodriguez on a shallow fly to right and struck out Molina to end the inning.
Molina's home run in the top of the sixth brought the Rays within 3-1.
Leading 2-0 in the fifth, the Yankees added a run on Curtis Granderson's two-out solo shot to right.
With an overcast night, some drizzle and a forecast of more rain until at least 9 p.m. threatening to delay the game, Ibanez helped ensure the Yankees would have a win if the rains came.
Robinson Cano had doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning and Teixeira moved him to third on a grounder. But Nick Swisher's grounder to second, with the infield in, was fielded by Rhymes, who threw home to nail Cano.
Ibanez then knocked a two-out homer to right for a 2-0 lead.
The game became official the next inning, as Nova pitched his fifth scoreless inning, though not without a threat.
A pair of two-out singles by Keppinger and Rhymes threatened the Yankees' lead while the heavier rains threatened the teams' ability to finish the game.
But Nova battled back from a 3-0 count to strike out Rodriguez and end the inning.
Nova and Shields matched each other with three scoreless innings apiece early, the Rays' starter keeping up his hot start this season and Nova trying to get back on track after some recent struggles.
Nova had allowed 11 runs on 20 hits in 11 2/3 innings in his last two starts, but other than a leadoff single to Zobrist, he didn't allow another hit in the first four innings Tuesday.
Thanks to a strikeout-throw-out double play to end the first, when Zobrist was caught stealing, Nova faced the minimum through four.
Shields allowed a few more base runners, but kept pace on the scoreboard through the third, allowing just a single to Eduardo Nunez and a pair of walks.
NOTES: Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will start Sunday's game, the team announced. He'll be making his first start since 2010, after coming out of retirement. "I spoke to him; he was excited," manager Joe Girardi said. "He said, 'Whatever day you guys want.' ... We chose Sunday because we just feel that it works out a little bit better keeping your bullpen intact, in a sense. We feel that he's physically ready." ... Closer Mariano Rivera will not return this year, but should be back next season, GM Brian Cashman said. Cashman did not comment on a New York Post report that there were "complications" when doctors examined Rivera's torn ACL in his right knee, but said they would not affect Rivera's return next season. ... Rays LF Desmond Jennings (sore left knee), who left Sunday's game early, was out of the lineup Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon said Jennings told him he didn't expect to miss much time.
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