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