TORONTO (AP) _ CC Sabathia won his seventh straight start to
become the first 14-game winner in the majors, Brett Gardner had
three hits and the New York Yankees beat Toronto 4-1 on Saturday,
ending the Blue Jays’ five-game winning streak.
Derek Jeter got two hits and matched Al Kaline for 26th place on
baseball’s career list. Jeter singled in the ninth for hit No.
Gardner doubled in the second, hustled for a double and scored
in the fourth, then stole second after reaching on a bunt single in
The Yankees got back in the win column after losing their first
two games following the All-Star break.
Sabathia (14-4) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings.
He walked three and struck out eight.
The left-hander has struck out 59 and posted an ERA of 1.68 over
his career-best seven-start winning streak. Sabathia has won 11 of
his past 12 outings, his only defeat in that span being a June 9
home loss to Boston.
New York’s staff ace set down 12 of 13 at one stretch and
allowed just one extra-base hit, John McDonald’s double to left in
Mariano Rivera pitched around a pair of singles to finish in the
ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances. New York got some
much-needed rest for its bullpen, which had worked 10 1-3 innings
of relief in the previous two games as Toronto outscored the
Sabathia’s career-long streak of 23 2-3 scoreless innings came
to an early end when Toronto scratched out a run in the first.
Rajai Davis led off with a walk and stole second before coming home
on Yunel Escobar’s single up the middle.
The Yankees gave Sabathia a lead he would not relinquish with a
two-run second against left-hander Ricky Romero (7-9). Nick Swisher
doubled and scored on a single, Gardner doubled and Eduardo Nunez
followed with an RBI groundout.
New York added one more in each of the third and fourth innings.
Starting as the designated hitter, Curtis Granderson walked to
open the third and went to third on a one-out single by Robinson
Cano. After Romero’s pitch to Jones bounced away from catcher J.P.
Arencibia, Cano made a move toward second. When Arencibia threw to
Aaron Hill at second, Granderson broke for the plate, scoring
easily when Hill’s errant throw sailed to the backstop.
Gardner doubled to begin the fourth, moved up on Nunez’s
sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-out single by Jeter.
For Jeter, the RBI was his 1,160th, tying him with Tony Lazzeri
for eighth place on the Yankees’ all-time list.
Romero lost his second straight start and has now failed to
pitch into the seventh in three straight games after doing so in
each of his previous eight outings. Romero allowed four runs, three
earned, on six hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out
NOTES: Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista (right ankle) missed his
second straight game after injuring himself on a slide Thursday.
Bautista, who leads the majors with 31 home runs, is still wearing
a walking boot but said swelling in the ankle has gone down and
that he can put more weight on it. … New York RHP Rafael Soriano
(elbow) threw at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Florida
but RHP Mark Prior (groin) was scratched from his appearance with
the Gulf Coast Yankees. … Attendance was 45,606, Toronto’s
biggest crowd since opening day (47,984). … Yankees RHP Phil
Hughes (0-2) faces Blue Jays RHP Carlos Villanueva (5-1) in
Sunday’s series finale.
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