ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The children in the television commercial are correct: Moore is better.
At least that's true when it comes to Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Moore, who limited the New York Yankees to one run in six innings Saturday at Tropicana Field. Still, it wasn't enough for the Rays left-hander, who was unable to improve upon his 8-0 record.
Instead, the Yankees and relief pitcher Ivan Nova prevailed with an 11-inning 4-3 victory over the Rays in Florida.
"I was in trouble," said Nova, who worked himself into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th. "I got the out, and we won the game. That's all that matters."
Josh Lueke took the loss after serving up a two-out, 1-0 pitch to Lyle Overbay that wound up in the right-field stands. Moments later, Mariano Rivera went to work on his 18th save of the season.
"I had been missing fastballs all day, and it was good to just get on top of one instead of being late and underneath it," Overbay said. "That was exciting to do that."
Rays reliever Jake McGee was in position to claim a 3-1 win after he and Joel Peralta worked scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, respectively, but the Yankees drew even with two runs off closer Fernando Rodney in the ninth.
Rodney issued a two-out walk to Overbay, who advanced to second on a balk. Brennan Boesch drove him in with a pinch double and scored the tying run on a single Brett Gardner.
"This has been really awkward to watch," Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Rodney, who has blown five of his 14 save opportunities. "He's been within one pitch of being almost perfect this season. Three of the blown saves, I think, he has come down to the last pitch. I have not lost any patience with that. Honestly, I have not."
Moore also refused to be critical of his teammates in the bullpen.
"It's something that every pitcher goes through," he said. "It goes without saying that that's a tough lineup."
Overbay has a great admirer in Joe Girardi.
"Lyle never gets too high or too low," the Yankees manager said. "He's a great teammate. The guys love him around here."
New York starter Vidal Nuno matched Moore by allowing only one run through six innings, but the rookie left-hander wasn't pulled until he gave up a leadoff single to James Loney in the seventh.
Loney scored the go-ahead run after a pair of pinch-hits -- a double by Matt Joyce and a single by Kelly Johnson. Joyce scored on a Yunel Escobar's fielder's choice, beating the tag by catcher Austin Romine.
"It feels good to go out there and compete, just knowing they're giving me a shot and giving me the ball to go at least five," said Nuno, who pitched five scoreless innings in his only other start -- a 7-0 victory at Cleveland in his major-league debut May 13.
The Yankees opened the scoring in the first inning when Gardner led off with a double and moved to third on a Robinson Cano grounder to the right side. With the infield drawn in, Vernon Wells lined to second baseman Ryan Roberts for the second out.
But Travis Hafner drove in Gardner with a single up the middle past Roberts.
Evan Longoria got the first Tampa Bay hit with a leadoff double in the second, but Nuno retired the next three batters on soft pop flies.
The Rays tied the game in the fifth inning on a pair of one-out doubles by Jose Molina and Desmond Jennings.
The Yankees had their chances but wasted two opportunities to regain the lead, stranding a runner on third base in the sixth inning and on second in the seventh.
NOTES: Rivera is perfect in 18 save opportunities this season and has converted 62 of 64 career chances against the Rays. ... The Yankees are 21-1 when they score first. They have lost only three times this season after leading at any point during a game. ... New York clinched a series victory after dropping five sets in a row to the Rays at Tropicana Field. ... The Yankees have won 12 of their last 17 games. ... Moore (8-0) and RHP Alex Cobb (5-2) have a combined 13-2 record. The rest of the Tampa Bay staff is 11-22. The pair is tied with Boston's Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester for most victories by any pair of big-league teammates. Lester pitched seven innings but did not get a decision in a 7-4 triumph against Cleveland on Saturday. ... Yankees OF Curtis Granderson, who suffered a fracture just below the knuckle on his left pinkie finger when he hit by a pitch by Rays LHP Cesar Ramos in the fifth inning Friday night, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. Granderson began the season on the DL with a fractured right wrist that was struck by a J.A. Happ pitch in his first spring training plate appearance. ... Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was scheduled to deliver the ceremonial first pitch, but he was delayed on his way to the ballpark by a minor traffic accident.