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Jeter goes 5-5, hits game-winner and passes 3,000 hits

New York Yankees Jorge Posada hugs Derek Jeter after Jeter hit a solo home run and his 3000th career hit against the Tampa Bay Rays in New Y
New York Yankees Jorge Posada hugs Derek Jeter after Jeter hit a solo home run and his 3000th career hit against the Tampa Bay Rays in New Y

By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Derek Jeter wasted no time reaching his target of 3,000 career hits Saturday then went three better including the game-winning hit as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4.

Jeter homered, doubled and had three singles for a 5-for-5 performance that drew serenades of "De-rek Je-ter" from a sell-out crowd of 48,000 in the Bronx.

Entering the game on 2,998 hits after Friday's rained-out game, Jeter singled in the first off Rays left-hander David Price, and in his first opportunity at registering No. 3,000, he put an exclamation mark on the feat with a home run in the third.

That made the shortstop the 28th player in Major League Baseball to reach that milestone.

The Yankees captain was not through, adding a double to left in the fifth and a single to right in the sixth.

Tampa Bay rallied to tie the game 4-4 with a run in the eighth inning, but Jeter came through one more time in the Yankees' half of the frame, singling to center through a drawn-in infield to score Eduardo Nunez for the go-ahead run.

Jeter finished the game with 3,003 hits, 27th on MLB's hits list.

Reliever David Robertson, who gave up the tying run in the eighth, picked up the win to improve to 2-0 while closer Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.

Rays reliever Joel Peralta took the loss, dropping to 2-4.

The win put the Yankees (52-35) into a temporary tie for first place with the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.

(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Julian Linden)

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