ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A two-run single in the seventh by Jose Molina put New York in front Thursday night and the Yankees went on to down Tampa Bay, 3-1.
The Yankees moved within two games of division-leading Boston in the American League East. Both New York and the Red Sox have clinched no worse than a wild-card berth in the playoffs.
Phil Hughes (5-3) allowed a run on four hits over seven innings to get the win.
Tampa Bay starter Scott Kazmir left after six innings in a 1-1 game and Jon Switzer (0-2) was tagged with the loss.