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Sabathia, Yankees shut down Rockies at Coors

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DENVER -- CC Sabathia was rolling along until rain ruined his day.

The New York Yankees lefty had his good stuff going on this dreary afternoon. But the weather did what the Rockies couldn't -- knock him out of the game.

No matter, his bullpen filled in just fine.

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Sabathia and five relievers held Colorado to four hits, Robinson Cano cracked a solo homer and the Yankees beat the Rockies 3-1 on Thursday in a game that was delayed more than two hours by rain.

"I was just disappointed," Sabathia said.

That he didn't pitch more than four innings because of the weather?

"That I didn't get any more at-bats," said Sabathia, who was 0 for 2 at the plate with two strikeouts. "Horrible. I'm sure my son will be all over me. I'm scared to go home."

Sabathia tried everything to stay loose during a delay that lasted 1:59, just in case the storm clouds quickly moved out of the area. He even made some tosses in the batting cage.

Eventually, the storm did pass, but it was too long a layoff to send him back out to the mound. The first pitch also was delayed by wet weather, for 8 minutes.

Sabathia was just finding his stride when the skies opened up, too. Mixing in a 91 mph four-seam fastball with a stealthy slider, he retired 11 straight after giving up a single to Troy Tulowitzki in the first inning.

A stream of relievers picked up where Sabathia left off. Adam Warren (1-0) earned his first big league win by getting five big outs after the rain delay. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth to remain perfect in 13 save chances.

Now, if only Warren could locate that final baseball. It would make a nice memento.

"Working on that," he said. "It's pretty neat."

This was a series dominated by pitching, a departure from the reputation Coors Field has earned over the years. The Yankees outscored the Rockies 6-5 - pretty much a typical one-game score in this park - as they took two of three.

"It's crazy," Sabathia said. "It's just good pitching. Just one of those things."

Cano had a memorable afternoon that included an infield single in the third for his 1,500th hit. He also hit the 186th homer of his career, moving past Paul O'Neill for sole possession of 17th place on the franchise list.

"The biggest thing today was the win," Cano said. "You want to win games and be able to help the team, get on base, and it was just a good win."

Jeff Francis (1-3) threw four innings and gave up two runs before rain forced the umpires to signal for the tarp. The lefty didn't return when play resumed.

"It's hard to get frustrated with the weather. You just have no control over that," Francis said. "It's the same for both teams. Something happens and you try to make the best of it.

"They're a good team, but we expected more out of ourselves this series."

Vernon Wells had an RBI single in the first for New York and Chris Stewart drove in another run on a sacrifice fly.

Tulowitzki was back in the lineup after missing the previous two days with soreness in his legs. He wasn't in his customary cleanup spot but hit No. 3 in the order as manager Walt Weiss elected to flip-flop the All-Star shortstop and Carlos Gonzalez against the left-handed Sabathia.

Tulowitzki was 1 for 3 with a walk, while Gonzalez wound up 0 for 3 and struck out twice. Gonzalez drove in the Rockies' lone run with a sacrifice fly in the first.

"Our pitching was outstanding. Offense was definitely subpar," Weiss said. "Not acceptable."

New York took the lead for good in the fourth when Stewart's sac fly brought home Chris Nelson, the former Rockies infielder who led off the inning with a double. Cano added his team-high ninth homer an inning later.

Colorado tied it in the second when Dexter Fowler beat the throw home on Gonzalez's sacrifice fly to left. Fowler eluded Stewart's tag just long enough to reach his hand around the catcher's shin guards and touch home plate.

Stewart was a little upset over the call, thinking he applied the tag in time. Yankees manager Joe Girardi came out of the dugout to briefly argue with plate umpire Phil Cuzzi.

Cuzzi also was involved in a close play at first base in the ninth inning Wednesday, when he ruled Brennan Boesch safe on an infield single that brought in the go-ahead run during the Yankees' 3-2 win.

New York jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the series finale when Wells laced an RBI single to right. Wells also had a productive game the night before when he hit a two-run homer, scored the go-ahead run in the ninth and then filled in at third base for the first time in his big league career.

Rest assured, Wells isn't planning a position change after playing flawless third base. But if the occasion should arise again, he would gladly take over at the hot corner.

"I take ground balls everywhere, so I'm ready for anything," Wells said.

Notes

  • New York SS Eduardo Nunez (left ribcage tightness) said he hopes to play on Friday.
  • Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (broken right wrist) was to begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Sabathia threw 51 pitches, breaking a string of 13 straight starts in which he reached the 100-pitch mark.
  • Weiss was asked if he thought Rivera's strike zone seemed to expand in the ninth Wednesday. "I'm not allowed to comment on those things, am I?" he said. "I'm a little green in this position, but I'm smart enough to know that one."
 
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Mariano Rivera finishes off a strong outing from the Yanks' bullpen in a rain-interrupted game.  (USATSI)
Mariano Rivera finishes off a strong outing from the Yanks' bullpen in a rain-interrupted game. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 0
H 0
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF4000010 .262
Jayson Nix, SS3100120 .224
Robinson Cano, 2B4121000 .311
Vernon Wells, LF4021000 .294
Ben Francisco, RF3000013 .114
    Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
    Preston Claiborne, P0000000 .000
    Brennan Boesch, RF1000000 .205
Chris Nelson, 3B3110110 .220
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010002 .238
Chris Stewart, C3001002 .245
CC Sabathia, P2000021 .000
    Adam Warren, P0000000 .000
    Ichiro Suzuki, RF1000000 .267
    David Robertson, P0000000 .000
    Mariano Rivera, P0000000 .000
Totals3236327  
Batting
2B - Chris Nelson (2, Francis)
HR - Robinson Cano (9, Ottavino)
SF - Chris Stewart (2)
RBI - Robinson Cano (20), Vernon Wells (16), Chris Stewart (5)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (11), Vernon Wells (4)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Claiborne-Cano-Overbay
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia 4111120 3.23
Adam Warren (W,1-0) 1.2000200 1.84
Boone Logan (H,2) 0.1000000 3.00
Preston Claiborne (H,1) 0.2300000 0.00
David Robertson (H,6) 1.1000130 3.21
Mariano Rivera (S,13) 1000000 1.88
HBP - Pacheco (by Mariano Rivera)
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 51-37, Adam Warren 30-19, Boone Logan 2-2, Preston Claiborne 17-10, David Robertson 18-12, Mariano Rivera 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 6-4, Adam Warren 4-1, Boone Logan 1-0, Preston Claiborne 1-0, David Robertson 1-0, Mariano Rivera 1-2
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 14, Adam Warren 7, Boone Logan 1, Preston Claiborne 4, David Robertson 5, Mariano Rivera 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., RF2000200 .295
Dexter Fowler, CF3100112 .272
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3010101 .348
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3001023 .304
Wilin Rosario, C4010001 .295
Nolan Arenado, 3B4000001 .244
Jordan Pacheco, 1B3010000 .310
Josh Rutledge, 2B4010011 .252
Jeff Francis, P1000000 .000
    Adam Ottavino, P1000000 .000
   a- Todd Helton, PH1000012 .269
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
Totals2914145  
a-struck out for Ottavino in the 7th
Batting
SF - Carlos Gonzalez (2)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (19)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (4, 2nd base off Robertson/Stewart)
Team LOB - 7
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis (L,1-3) 4422230 6.90
Adam Ottavino 3111031 1.93
Wilton Lopez 2100010 4.32
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 64-39, Adam Ottavino 35-22, Wilton Lopez 17-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 6-3, Adam Ottavino 3-3, Wilton Lopez 5-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 18, Adam Ottavino 10, Wilton Lopez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 40972
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Chris Guccione