By RICK FREEMAN, AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ CC Sabathia tied his career high with 13
strikeouts and Mark Teixeira hit his 300th homer to help the New
York Yankees finish off June with a season-best five-game winning
streak by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 Thursday.
Sabathia (11-4) won for the eighth time in nine starts and
became the first major leaguer to reach 11 victories. Detroit ace
Justin Verlander was going for his 11th on Thursday afternoon
against the New York Mets.
In 7 2-3 innings, Sabathia gave up six hits and two walks. Every
batter he fanned came on a swinging third strike.
When Sabathia left after throwing 118 pitches, he got a roar
from the fans who saw yet another daytime win. The Yankees are 23-4
in the afternoon.
Sabathia faced the Brewers for the first time since helping them
reach the 2008 playoffs.
Randy Wolf (6-5) lost for the first time in eight starts since
Ryan Braun hit a two-out single in the first to run his hitting
streak to 20 games, bringing him more than halfway to topping Paul
Molitor’s team record of 39.
Teixeira’s milestone homer led off the third inning for New
York, which finished the month by winning 15 of its last 19 games.
It was Teixeira’s 25th of the season, giving him the major league
lead by one over Toronto’s Jose Bautista, who played later Thursday
Francisco Cervelli added an RBI single in the fourth and another
in the eighth.
New York shut out an opponent for the third time this season.
They had been tied with the Cubs for fewest in the major leagues.
The Yankees scored twice in the first, on Robinson Cano’s
one-out double off Wolf.
Brett Gardner led off with a walk and stole two bases, one in a
double-steal with Nick Swisher before Cano’s hit.
Wolf struggled all day, though he managed to scratch out seven
innings. He gave up seven hits and four runs, hit a batter with a
pitch and even dropped the ball on the mound once while trying to
transfer it from his glove hand.
Before Thursday, Wolf had given up more than three runs once
since May 11 and was 3-0 in his last seven starts.
In addition to the Brewers’ 14 strikeouts _ all swinging _ the
Brewers grounded into 10 outs, including a double play. They also
hit two infield popups and George Kottaras hit the only fly ball,
to center in the third inning.
NOTES: This was only the second time in 12 years the Yankees had
three steals in the first inning off a left-hander, according to
STATS LLC. The other was on Sept. 25, 2009, against Boston’s Jon
Lester. … Before the bottom of the fourth, the Yankees played the
version of “Wild Thing” from the movie “Major League” and
showed on the video screen Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker, who
played fictional commentator Harry Doyle in the 1989 movie. …
Milwaukee’s Rickie Weeks struck out his first three times up. …
Former Yankees OF Bernie Williams announced the attendance of
46,903 in the press box. … Sabathia also had 13 strikeouts Sept
14, 2007, with Cleveland. … The Brewers’ 14 strikeouts were one
off their season high of 15. … The Yankees hadn’t won five in a
row since Aug. 28-Sept 4 last season.
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