CC Sabathia tossed eight stingy innings to win for the seventh time in his last eight starts, Alex Rodriguez drove in three runs, and the Yankees finally beat the Colorado Rockies, 8-3, yesterday in New York.
A dozen pitchers began the day with nine wins, but Sabathia (10-4) won the race to double digits. The big lefthander allowed one run while striking out nine, improving to 19-7 in interleague play.
He threw just 103 pitches, but manager Joe Girardi decided against letting him finish the game. Buddy Carlyle promptly gave up Ty Wigginton’s two-run homer in the ninth.
Seth Smith drove in the Rockies’ only other run with a pinch-hit single in the eighth.
Mark Teixeira added a two-run homer for New York, Jorge Posada had three hits, and the Yankees pounded out 15 total.
The Yankees lost the series opener, 4-2, Friday night, and together with a series sweep four years ago at Coors Field, had lost four straight to the Rockies.
Tigers 6, Diamondbacks 0 — Justin Verlander struck out a career-high 14 in his latest masterful performance, and Detroit blanked visiting Arizona. Verlander (10-3) allowed four hits over eight innings, and Alex Avila’s three-run homer in the fourth broke the game open.
Verlander walked only one batter. In the eighth, he reached 100 miles per hour on the stadium scoreboard — on his 116th pitch.
Giants 1, Indians 0 — Tony Sipp balked home the go-ahead run with the bases loaded in the seventh inning, giving host San Francisco its fourth straight win. Sipp slightly flinched his left arm before even throwing a pitch to Emmanuel Burriss, allowing Miguel Tejada to score from third.
Rays 7, Astros 2 — B.J. Upton homered and drove in two runs to back up Wade Davis and help Tampa Bay roll in Houston. Evan Longoria and Casey Kotchman added two RBIs apiece for the Rays.
Athletics 4, Phillies 1 — Trevor Cahill tossed three-hit ball into the eighth, Adam Rosales homered, and Oakland prevailed in Philadelphia. Cahill (8-5) won his second straight start after dropping five straight and spoiled Cole Hamels’s bid for his 10th win.
White Sox 3, Nationals 0 — Jake Peavy threw four dominant innings in his first career relief appearance and host Chicago ended Washington’s five-game winning streak.
Peavy (4-1) gave up a hit and struck out seven, combining with starter John Danks, Brian Bruney, and closer Sergio Santos on a two-hitter after Danks left in the second inning because on an oblique injury.
Braves 10, Padres 1 — Jair Jurrjens went six strong innings to become the first 10-game winner in the NL and visiting Atlanta had eight extra-base hits in a rout of San Diego.
Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs for Atlanta, which has won five of six and 12 of 17 overall.
Angels 6, Dodgers 1 — Tyler Chatwood pitched seven strong innings, fellow rookie Mark Trumbo homered, and Vernon Wells added a three-run shot at Dodger Stadium.
Brewers 11, Twins 1 — Prince Fielder hit one of four Milwaukee homers to give him an NL-best 67 RBIs, and the Brewers won their sixth straight against visiting Minnesota.
Mets 14, Rangers 5 — Lucas Duda went 4 for 5 with four RBIs, Carlos Beltran had three hits, and visiting New York had season highs for runs and hits in a rout of Texas.
Blue Jays 6, Cardinals 3 — Carlos Villanueva worked six solid innings backed by Juan Rivera’s three-run homer, the only hit in a five-run third, and visiting Toronto beat St. Louis.
Reds 10, Orioles 5 — Joey Votto homered twice and drove in five runs, and Cincinnati beat host Baltimore in a game that featured nine home runs.
Royals 3, Cubs 2 — Chris Getz drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning as Kansas City beat visiting Chicago to snap a season-high six game losing streak.
Marlins 4, Mariners 2 — Chris Volstad drove in a run and pitched into the seventh inning in Florida’s win in Seattle — considered a home victory as the game was moved from Miami because of an upcoming U2 concert.