CC Sabathia kept a no-hit bid going for 7 2/3 innings yesterday, losing the closest call of his career on a sharp single by former batterymate Kelly Shoppach in the Yankees’ 10-0 win over the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.
With a large contingent of Yankee fans among the Tropicana Field crowd of 29,892 chanting, “Let’s go, CC!’’ Shoppach’s hit on a 1-and-0 pitch off the big lefthander fell cleanly in front of left fielder Brett Gardner.
There was no visible reaction from Sabathia, who sat in the dugout for 17 minutes while New York scored four runs in the top of the eighth.
Manager Joe Girardi immediately bounced out of the dugout to remove Sabathia, who walked two and struck out five. He threw 69 of his 111 pitches for strikes and benefited from spectacular defensive plays by Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano.
David Robertson pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to complete a two-hitter. Ben Zobrist doubled off the reliever with two outs in the ninth.
Sabathia also took a no-hitter into the eighth inning for Cleveland April 7, 2002, at Detroit, with Randall Simon breaking up that bid with a leadoff single. The lefthander pitched a one-hitter for Milwaukee at Pittsburgh Aug. 31, 2008.
Cano hit a two-run homer off Wade Davis in the fourth, and the Yankees scored two more in the fifth on Derek Jeter’s run-scoring single and Teixeira’s RBI double, which snapped an 0-for-17 skid.
Teixeira made a diving catch on Jason Bartlett’s low liner to keep the no-hit bid alive in the sixth. It was Rodriguez’s turn to shine in the seventh, scrambling to his feet after making a diving stop on B.J. Upton’s hard grounder past third base and making the long throw to Teixeira at first.
Mariners 4, Rangers 3 — Frank Francisco blew his second save chance in three days, allowing consecutive RBI singles to Ichiro Suzuki, Ken Griffey, and Franklin Gutierrez during a three-run ninth for visiting Seattle.
Angels 4, Athletics 3 — Hideki Matsui singled home the winning run for Los Angeles with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Blue Jays 3, Orioles 0 — Dana Eveland pitched into the eighth and Jose Molina drove in two runs for Toronto in Baltimore.
Tigers 4, Indians 2 — Magglio Ordonez continued his hot start with a two-run homer, backing Jeremy Bonderman in Detroit.
Twins 2, White Sox 1 — At Chicago, Jason Kubel hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh, making a winner out of Minnesota starter Scott Baker.
Phillies 9, Astros 6 — Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, and Jayson Werth drove in three runs apiece to power Philadelphia and send host Houston to 0-5.
Cubs 4, Reds 3 — Carlos Zambrano recovered from his horrific Opening Day start by pitching seven solid innings, and pinch hitter Jeff Baker hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth to send Chicago past host Cincinnati.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 1 — Milwaukee ace Yovani Gallardo was beat up for six runs in five innings, including a three-run homer by Yadier Molina. Colby Rasmus also homered for visiting St. Louis.
Nationals 4, Mets 3 — Willy Taveras drove in a career-high four runs in his first start for Washington, and left fielder Willie Harris made a diving catch with the bases loaded to end the game at Citi Field.
Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 3 — Akinori Iwamura and Jeff Clement homered off Arizona ace Dan Haren and Zach Duke worked seven strong innings for visiting Pittsburgh.
Marlins 7, Dodgers 6 — Jorge Cantu’s sacrifice fly capped Florida’s three-run rally in the ninth against visiting Los Angeles.
Padres 5, Rockies 4 — Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI double in the 14th inning and Tim Stauffer (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings to power visiting San Diego.
Braves 7, Giants 2 — Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs and Derek Lowe won his second consecutive game for visiting Atlanta.