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Yankees, Sabathia get better of Orioles again

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- Seems like CC Sabathia can't get a victory unless the opposition is the Baltimore Orioles.

Fortunately for the big left-hander, he has faced Baltimore four times this season -- and won every time.

Sabathia allowed two runs over seven innings, and Robinson Cano contributed three hits in a 4-2 victory against the Orioles on Wednesday night.

The Yankees bounced back from an early 2-0 deficit to win their 10th straight against Baltimore. The Yankees are 10-1 against the Orioles this season and have outscored them 65-29.

Sabathia (6-3) gave up nine hits and struck out eight in defeating Baltimore for the second time in a week. He is 13-1 lifetime against the Orioles, and his past four victories since April 16 have come at their expense.

"Weird. I don't know what to say about that," he said. "It's just really weird. Facing any team back-to-back is tough."

Joba Chamberlain worked the eighth and Mariano Rivera got three outs for his 14th save.

Cano went 3 for 4 to increase his major-league hit total to 88 and up his AL-leading batting average to .376. He also saved a run with a fine defensive play at second base.

Adam Jones scored a run and drove in one for the Orioles, who have lost 12 of 13. Baltimore stranded 10 runners and went 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

"He's a tough guy, one of the best lefties in the game," Baltimore second baseman Julio Lugo said of Sabathia. "We just couldn't come up with that hit. That's what we're lacking right now, getting that hit at the right time."

The shortcoming was never more evident than in the seventh inning with New York clinging to a 3-2 lead.

With two outs and Cesar Izturis on second, Nick Markakis hit a bouncer to the right side that Cano snagged with a dive to his left. Izturis was forced to stay at third on the infield hit, and after Ty Wigginton walked to load the bases, Sabathia ended his 114-pitch outing by striking out Luke Scott.

Sabathia pumped his fist as he walked off the mound.

"Real big. CC was battling," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of the strikeout. "That was a huge inning for him."

Francisco Cervelli singled in an eighth-inning run to make it 4-2.

Baltimore starter Chris Tillman (0-2) yielded three runs, two earned, in six innings. He was coming off a horrid effort against Boston in which he surrendered four runs in 1 1/3 innings.

"It might have been the best I've felt but I had the worst stuff today," the right-hander said. "I got that curveball going and that's the only thing that saved me. Fastball command was pretty poor."

New York scored twice in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead. The uprising began when Lugo was handcuffed by a grounder hit by Mark Teixeira. It was originally ruled an error and changed to a hit after the game.

Alex Rodriguez then singled, and Cano tied it with an RBI single. Rodriguez scored when Jorge Posada hit into a fielder's choice.

Early on, though, the Orioles had the upper hand.

Baltimore went up 1-0 in the second inning on a two-out RBI single by Garrett Atkins. It was the first time in five games against the Yankees this month that the Orioles held the lead.

Successive two-out singles by Wigginton, Scott and Jones made it 2-0 in the third. Sabathia avoided further damage by striking out Matt Wieters with runners on second and third.

That would be the extent of Baltimore's offense against Sabathia.

"It's important to fight through it when you don't have your 'A' stuff," Girardi said. "I thought his stuff got better as the night went on. I looked up at one point and he had 15 balls and 15 strikes, and I don't think I've ever seen that from CC before. He found a way to get it done, and to me that's the mark of a very good pitcher."

New York got an unearned run in the fourth after a wild pickoff throw by Tillman.

Notes

  • Orioles RHP Jake Arrieta will make his major-league debut Thursday night against the Yankees, who will counter with A.J. Burnett (who's 11-2 lifetime against Baltimore).
  • Yankees LF Brett Gardner, who hurt his left thumb on Tuesday, did not start but appeared as a pinch-runner. His backup, Kevin Russo, made an outstanding diving catch in the eighth to rob Jones of a double.
  • The Orioles had allowed 11 consecutive stolen bases before Wieters threw out Derek Jeter in the third inning.
 
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CC Sabathia is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA against Baltimore in 2010, and 2-3 against other teams.  (Getty Images)
CC Sabathia is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA against Baltimore in 2010, and 2-3 against other teams. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

C. Sabathia
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 2
BB 3
K 8
 
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5010003 .297
Nick Swisher, RF4010100 .310
Mark Teixeira, 1B5120011 .224
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5120003 .290
Robinson Cano, 2B4131100 .376
Jorge Posada, DH2001201 .286
    Brett Gardner, PR-DH0100000 .314
   a- Marcus Thames, PH-DH1000002 .296
Curtis Granderson, CF2001113 .252
Francisco Cervelli, C4011004 .282
Kevin Russo, LF3010004 .206
Totals35411452  
a-flied out for Gardner in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (11, Berken), Alex Rodriguez (15, Mata)
SF - Curtis Granderson (1)
RBI - Robinson Cano (46), Jorge Posada (15), Curtis Granderson (16), Francisco Cervelli (25)
2-OUT RBI - Francisco Cervelli (15)
SB - Brett Gardner (21, 2nd base off Ohman/Wieters)
CS - Derek Jeter (2, 2nd base by Tillman/Wieters)
Team LOB - 11
New York Yankees
CC Sabathia (W,6-3) 7922380 4.01
Joba Chamberlain (H,14) 1100010 5.06
Mariano Rivera (S,14) 1000010 1.33
WP - CC Sabathia (4)
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 114-72, Joba Chamberlain 16-10, Mariano Rivera 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 7-5, Joba Chamberlain 1-1
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 32, Joba Chamberlain 4, Mariano Rivera 3
Baltimore Orioles
Julio Lugo, 2B-SS3000102 .206
Miguel Tejada, 3B5010022 .262
Nick Markakis, RF5020001 .293
Ty Wigginton, 1B3110112 .278
Luke Scott, LF4010034 .277
Adam Jones, CF3111110 .247
Matt Wieters, C4010013 .246
Garrett Atkins, DH3011010 .216
   a- Corey Patterson, PH-DH1000011 .233
Cesar Izturis, SS3020000 .228
   b- Scott Moore, PH-2B1000001 .217
Totals352102310  
a-struck out for Atkins in the 8th
b-grounded out for Izturis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (16, Sabathia), Matt Wieters (7, Chamberlain)
SH - Julio Lugo (5)
RBI - Adam Jones (19), Garrett Atkins (9)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (8), Garrett Atkins (5)
SB - Adam Jones (3, 2nd base off Sabathia/Cervelli)
CS - Julio Lugo (3, 2nd base by Sabathia/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Wigginton
E - Cesar Izturis (3, Throwing), Chris Tillman (1, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Chris Tillman (L,0-2) 6832310 5.54
Jason Berken 1.1111100 2.35
Will Ohman 0.1100010 3.32
Frank Mata 1.1100100 1.42
IBB - Granderson by Chris Tillman, Cano by Frank Mata
HBP - Russo (by Frank Mata)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 106-58, Jason Berken 22-12, Will Ohman 9-6, Frank Mata 30-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 5-10, Jason Berken 3-1, Frank Mata 3-1
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 27, Jason Berken 6, Will Ohman 2, Frank Mata 7
Game Information
Attendance - 16451
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn