ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Matt Moore became the first Rays pitcher to win his first four starts of a season, Ryan Roberts homered twice and Tampa Bay beat C.C. Sabathia and the New York Yankees 5-1 on Monday night.
Moore (4-0) allowed one run, two hits, three walks and had nine strikeouts over eight innings. Roberts connected in the first and third to help the Rays take an early 5-0 lead.
"Each night I'm out there I've got run support," Moore said. "So, it makes it that much easier to pitch."
Robinson Cano cut the deficit to 5-1 on a homer in the fourth, the Yankees' first hit.
Before the game, Cano denied involvement with a South Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball after a report linked an associate of his foundation to the now-closed anti-aging facility.
Yankees infielder Kevin Youkilis, who left Saturday's game at Toronto with lower back stiffness, was a late scratch Monday when he tightened up after batting practice.
Sabathia (3-2) had a three-game winning streak end. The lefty gave up five runs and seven hits over seven innings.
Tampa Bay has won 12 of its last 14 home games against the Yankees dating back to July 2011.
The Rays took a 4-0 lead in the first. After Roberts hit a solo homer on an 0-2 pitch from Sabathia, Evan Longoria singled and scored on Sean Rodriguez's triple. Yunel Escobar then put Tampa Bay up 4-0 with a two-run shot.
Roberts homered again in the third to make it 5-0. It was his third career multihomer game. Sabathia had given up just one homer over 28 innings.
NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis, acquired by the Buccanners from the Jets, threw the ceremonial first pitch.
Today's game has AL Cy Young Award winner David Price (0-1) facing New York's Phil Hughes (0-2). The Rays have lost Price's four starts, which is the fifth time, and first since Ton Glavine in 1999, that a reigning Cy Young Award winner's team has lost his first four starts.