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Angels sweep away Yankees

Sabathia can’t get NY back on track

Associated Press / July 13, 2009
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Derek Jeter doesn’t think there’s any reason to be alarmed.

The New York Yankees haven’t fared well against two first-place teams in the American League. They are 0-8 against the rival Red Sox, and now 2-4 against the Angels after being swept in Southern California.

John Lackey pitched seven solid innings and the Angels knocked around CC Sabathia to complete a sweep of New York with a 5-4 victory yesterday in Anaheim.

“You can’t change it now. You have to make adjustments,’’ Jeter said. “What happened against Boston is a long time ago. Here they beat us three games, but we battled.’’

Lackey (4-4) quickly worked through the Yankees lineup, allowing two runs on six hits. The Angels’ ace struck out six in one of his most efficient starts of the season.

Sabathia (8-6) gave up five runs and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings against the Angels, who have won eight of their last nine meetings with the Yankees in Anaheim. Brian Fuentes struck out Alex Rodriguez for the final out and earned his 26th save in 29 chances.

Sabathia, who was 5-1 with a 2.33 ERA away from Yankee Stadium entering the game, was solid through three innings. He got help from Rodriguez and Robinson Cano on two double plays to get out of the first and third, but he gave up four runs in the fourth.

Bobby Abreu and Howie Kendrick had RBI doubles and Brandon Wood and Robb Quinlan added RBI singles.

The Yankees finished 3-3 on their road trip, but after tying the Red Sox for first place in the AL East Thursday, head into the All-Star break three games behind.

“We don’t like it, but we have four days off, we have a chance to regroup,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Dodgers 7, Brewers 4 - All-Star Orlando Hudson homered twice, Clayton Kershaw won his fifth consecutive road start, and Los Angeles capped the best first half in the majors with a win in Milwaukee.

Manny Ramírez went 3 for 3 and scored twice to help the Dodgers finish a 6-3 road trip for their best start in 32 years at 56-32. Backup catcher Brad Ausmus also homered and James Loney drove in two runs with two singles.

Hudson, who had been in a 3-for-41 slump, homered in the sixth and eighth. The hot Dodgers continued their power surge, belting 10 homers in the three-game series after hitting seven in the previous eight games.

Kershaw (7-5) gave up one run and two hits over six innings plus. He struck out four and walked five.

Yovani Gallardo (8-7) lost his third straight start, allowing five runs and six hits in five innings.

Athletics 7, Rays 3 - Orlando Cabrera hit a tiebreaking RBI single in a four-run seventh, leading visiting Oakland past Tampa Bay.

Rays righthander James Shields took a shutout into the seventh, but wound up allowing three runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings. Tampa Bay has lost two in a row at home after winning nine straight at Tropicana Field.

Mets 9, Reds 7 - Gary Sheffield had three RBIs and Daniel Murphy drove in two runs to key a rare robust offense, Mike Pelfrey pitched seven sharp innings, and New York beat Cincinnati.

The Mets had their best offensive output at home since June 24, when they scored 11 against St. Louis. Luis Castillo had three hits and scored three runs, David Wright hit a long RBI double, and Jeff Francoeur had two hits in his second game with New York.

Cubs, 7-3; Cardinals, 4-2 - Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of two-run homers, Adam Wainwright pitched eight strong innings, and St. Louis salvaged a split of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field.

In the opener, Carlos Zambrano homered for the third time this season and improved to 5-4 with six solid innings.

Phillies 5, Pirates 2 - Pedro Feliz hit a first-inning grand slam and J.A. Happ (6-0) allowed one run over seven innings to help host Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh and cap a 9-1 homestand.

Marlins 8, Diamondbacks 1 - Josh Johnson (8-2) blanked host Arizona through six innings and Cody Ross drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, giving Florida a split of the four-game series.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 2 - Brad Bergesen (6-3) took a shutout into the seventh inning, Brian Roberts had two RBIs, and Baltimore beat Toronto, which finished a miserable 2-8 road trip.

Tigers 10, Indians 1 - Clete Thomas drove in five runs, Brandon Inge homered twice, and Justin Verlander (10-4) pitched seven shutout innings, lifting host Detroit to the easy win over Cleveland.

Twins 13, White Sox 7 - Carlos Gomez drove in a career-high five runs and host Minnesota pounded Chicago ace Mark Buehrle (9-3) for eight runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

Rockies 8, Braves 7 - Brad Hawpe doubled off Luis Valdez in the ninth to score Seth Smith from first base, rallying host Colorado past Atlanta.

Padres 10, Giants 4 - Kevin Kouzmanoff and Eliezer Alfonzo hit three-run homers, Will Venable also homered and set a career high with four hits, and visiting San Diego snapped a season-high seven-game losing streak.

Mariners 5, Rangers 3 - Pinch hitter Chris Shelton and Rob Johnson hit consecutive RBI singles with two out in the seventh inning and Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to raise his batting average to .362, leading host Seattle past Texas.

Astros 5, Nationals 0 - Kaz Matsui hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and Brian Moehler (6-5) pitched into the seventh inning to win for the fourth time in five decisions as host Houston blanked Washington.

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