By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ CC Sabathia pitched a three-hitter and struck
out 10, dominating the Mariners as usual while leading the New York
Yankees to a 6-3 victory Friday night that stopped Seattle’s
seven-game winning streak.
Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer and Curtis Granderson had a
two-run single off Kevin Millwood, sending the AL East leaders to
their second consecutive win following a 3-9 slide.
Sabathia (11-3) rebounded from a rocky start against Boston with
another overpowering performance against his favorite foe. Pitching
in the sort of thick humidity that he’s always enjoyed, the big
lefty improved to 8-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his past eight starts
against the Mariners.
Going into the ninth, Sabathia had given up only Casper Wells’
solo homer with one out in the fourth and Miguel Olivo’s
eighth-inning double. He walked Brendan Ryan to start the inning
before Dustin Ackley drove his eighth homer deep into the seats in
Yankees manager Joe Girardi came out for a quick chat with
Sabathia, who retired the next three batters as the crowd of 45,872
chanted “CC! CC!” Sabathia threw 72 of 103 pitches for strikes in
his 35th career complete game and second this season.
Dating to May 2006, Sabathia has yielded no more than one earned
run in nine of 11 starts against Seattle. The last time he faced
the Mariners, he whiffed a career-high 14 on July 26 last season.
Sabathia is 12-4 in 20 career starts against the Mariners, who
are managed by his former skipper in Cleveland, Eric Wedge. Russell
Martin was behind the plate after backup Chris Stewart caught
Sabathia’s previous 16 starts.
Ichiro Suzuki started a rally against his former team and the
Yankees helped Sabathia improve to 4-0 in his last seven outings.
Last in the AL West, the Mariners had won 13 of 17 and were
trying for their first eight-game winning streak in five years.
They began a nine-game trip that also takes them to Baltimore and
Still speedy at age 38, Suzuki opened the third inning by
beating out a dribbler that was picked up by an off-balance
Millwood (4-9) between the mound and third base. Martin doubled to
left-center on an 0-2 pitch and both runners scored when Granderson
singled to center on Millwood’s next delivery.
The 37-year-old right-hander held it there, however, and was one
out from getting through the sixth inning unscathed when Chavez hit
a high fly ball to right. The ball fell just beyond the glove of a
leaping Eric Thames and hit the cement ledge right behind the
fence, maybe 320 feet from home plate.
Chavez, who was using teammate Andruw Jones’ bat, became the
ninth Yankees player with at least 10 homers this season _ one shy
of the club record set in 1998.
Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez both added an RBI single in the
seventh against the Seattle bullpen. Carter Capps faced three
hitters in his major league debut, retiring only Derek Jeter on a
NOTES: Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira went 1-for-4 with a single in
his return to the lineup after missing two games with a sore left
wrist. … Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (9-5, 2.79 ERA) pitches
Saturday against RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-7, 3.28). Hernandez is 5-0
with a 1.60 ERA in his last nine starts. … Seattle OF Michael
Saunders was rested with some stiffness in his legs, Wedge said.
Saunders is 1-for-11 with five strikeouts against Sabathia. …
Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush was scheduled to throw an inning
during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. The left-hander has
been on the DL since July 18 with a strained triceps. … In the
fourth inning, the barrel of Dustin Ackley’s broken bat sailed into
the stands and struck a woman sitting about seven rows behind the
New York dugout. She was immediately tended to by medical workers,
and the Yankees tossed out towels to help. Fans clapped as the
woman walked up the aisle under her own power, holding what
appeared to be a white cloth to her head.
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