C.C. Sabathia threw eight solid innings, Robinson Cano homered and Rafeal Soriano closed the door in the ninth as the Yankees took the rubber game against Tampa, 5-3 in the Bronx on Thursday night.

Sabathia (5-0) allowed just seven hits and two runs - but both were unearned due to errors in the first and second innings from third baseman Eduardo Nunez.

Manager Joe Girardi tapped Soriano in the ninth for his first save. He opted not to use David Robertson, who was shelled for four runs in a blown save and loss on Wednesday night.

Cano had three hits, including a two-run shot off of David Price in the fifth that broke a 2-2 tie to put New York on top for good.

Price fell to 5-2, giving up all five of runs on eleven hits.

Curtis Granderson, Andruw Jones and Chris Stewart had the pinstripes' other RBI'S.