It’s been a week since the Yankees held that familiar victory gathering in the infield following a win, so their 6-2 win tonight over Tampa Bay made it that much sweeter.

Alex Rodriguez hit a pair of homers and David Robertson pinned the Rays with the bases loaded, leading the way as the Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak. Yankee fans: you no longer have to hold your breath, or grow your beard, or wear the same clothes until the Yankees win.

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After Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, A-Rod launched a solo home run in the very next half-inning to tie it up. A-Rod’s second home was a sixth-inning laser show to center field, providing a slim 2-1 lead for the Yanks. Working with Kevin Long over the last week really paid off tonight.

But there could be no guarantees with a lead, no matter how large it was, considering what has gone on the past week. And before you knew it, with starter Ivan Nova slamming his glove in the clubhouse, David Robertson had to escape from something even Houdini never escaped from: a bases-loaded jam. It seemed like the perfect turning point for the Yanks to look back on and say ‘this is why we lost’, just like we have for the past week.

But that was not the case tonight, as Robertson struck out B.J. Upton swinging and Casey Kotchman looking, both with four-seam cheese in the mid-90s. As he bounced off the mound, Robertson screamed and pumped his fist.

Nova’s line froze at one run in 5 1/3 innings, touched only by a solo home run, while walking two and striking out four.

The Yankees extended their lead in the seventh. Back in the lineup, Jorge Posada ripped a double to right that capped off a 2-for-3 night, and Brett Gardner laid down an excellent bunt for a single. Recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Chris Dickerson hit a run-scoring single into center field to make it 3-1. Derek Jeter followed with a grounder that was thrown away for an error, allowing Gardner to score.

Like Nova an inning before, Robertson needed a little help of his own, leaving a two-on, two-out jam for Joba Chamberlain. But, Joba got Johnny Damon to ground out to end the inning.

The Bombers added a pair of runs in the ninth, coming on run-scoring hits by Gardner and Jeter. Amauri Sanit got a chance to close it out, but allowed an RBI double to cut the lead to 6-2. Girardi didn’t need to take any more chances, and went to Mariano Rivera in a non-save situation for the final out, finally ending this miserable week.

Key Stats

3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter went 1-5 with three K’s and one RBI, increasing his hit total to 2,966.

4-for-8: The Bombers went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

59: With his two jacks, A-Rod now has 59 career multihomer games, seventh-most in MLB history.

What’s Next?

That was fast. The Yankees won’t see the Rays again until a four-game homestand starting on July 7. Next up, the Yankees travel to Camden Yards in Baltimore for a two-game series against the Orioles.

First pitch Wednesday at 7:05 PM.

Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.74 ERA) vs. LHP Zach Britton (5-2, 2.42 ERA)