Sabathia gets 1st win of season as Yankees top Royals 6-2

NEW YORK (AP) Two starts into his final season, CC Sabathia has yet to allow an earned run.

Even at 38 years old, he's still playing stopper for the Yankees while closing in on some impressive milestones.

Sabathia got his first win of the year and Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer as New York beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Friday night.

''He's the same guy every day, has been for the last 10 or 11 years,'' Gardner said. ''He's a great teammate, he's a great competitor and I think he sets a great example for all the young guys that we have in the room.''

Mike Tauchman also went deep and the Yankees got four solid innings from their bullpen. They bounced back from a listless performance against last-place Kansas City in the series opener, when they were held without an extra-base hit for the first time since Aug. 5.

Sabathia (1-0) gave up an unearned run and three hits over five innings, improving to 15-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 27 regular-season starts following a Yankees loss since 2017. He threw five shutout innings last Saturday against the White Sox to help New York snap a four-game skid.

''Just craftiness,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Fastballs in, cutters on your hands, changeups away, fastballs away. A little bit of a sink, a little bit of a cut, moving it in and out.''

Sabathia overcame four walks and finished with five strikeouts to leave him six shy of becoming the 17th pitcher and only third left-hander to reach 3,000.

''I can't sit here and lie - I'm just ready for it to be over with,'' Sabathia said. ''I think it'll be pretty cool. It will definitely be a relief so I can just go out and worry about the rest of the season and play and try to win a championship, because that's all I'm really concerned about. But with it being so close, it's hard for it not to be right there in your head.''

Sabathia, who has 247 career wins, was pulled after 86 pitches in his second start following offseason operations on his heart and right knee. He plans to retire after this season, his 19th in the majors.

''He's going to be a Hall of Famer,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Right fielder Clint Frazier threw out a runner at the plate to aid Sabathia, who is 22-12 against Kansas City. Tauchman launched his second big league homer leading off the fifth.

Luis Cessa permitted a run on back-to-back doubles by Hunter Dozier and Alex Gordon to begin the sixth, but pinned a runner at third base with consecutive strikeouts to preserve a 3-2 lead . Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle and Zack Britton closed with hitless relief in an intermittent rain.

Gardner put New York ahead 2-1 in the third with his drive off Jakob Junis (1-2), making his first appearance at Yankee Stadium since his fastball broke Aaron Judge's wrist last July. The right-hander dropped to 0-3 in the Bronx.

Judge doubled to start the sixth and scored when center fielder Billy Hamilton made a diving catch of DJ LeMahieu's bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Luke Voit, who has reached base safely in 30 straight games dating to last season, hustled home on a passed ball.

Kyle Higashioka hit a leadoff double in the seventh and scored when Dozier made a throwing error from third base on Tyler Wade's bunt single.

Adalberto Mondesi had an RBI single in the third, when the Royals took advantage of two Yankees errors - one by Sabathia. But he retired Gordon on a tapper in front of home plate with the bases loaded to end the inning.

''Made some big pitches when he really needed to and gave us what we needed,'' Boone said. ''That inning could have gotten away from us.''

AGENT ZERO

Ottavino struck out Terrance Gore leading off the seventh, the first time in major league history two players wearing number zero faced each other. ''I really don't know what to say about it, honestly,'' Ottavino said. ''Two guys with a stupid number.''

DECISION DAY

Veteran lefty Gio Gonzalez can opt out of his minor league contract with the Yankees if they don't add him to the major league roster by Saturday. Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts covering 15 innings at Triple-A. He has 19 strikeouts and six walks. Gonzalez was supposed to pitch in the minors Friday, but the game was rained out. ''We'll see,'' Boone said. ''He's pitched pretty well and those are the conversations that obviously pick up steam here, obviously, with some urgency in the next couple of days.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (shoulder impingement syndrome) is scheduled to make a rehab start Saturday night for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Duffy has been on the 10-day injured list all season.

Yankees: For the first time since his injury, 3B Miguel Andujar (labrum tear in right shoulder) made throws from third to first base at about 50% effort before the game and said he felt good. Andujar and the Yankees remain optimistic he'll be able to avoid season-ending surgery. ... C Gary Sanchez (strained left calf) caught J.A. Happ's bullpen and was hoping to be cleared by the doctor to begin a rehab assignment. Sanchez is likely to need a game or two in the minors and could rejoin the Yankees on their West Coast swing, which begins Monday. ... OF-DH Giancarlo Stanton (left biceps strain) also might be able to return at some point on the nine-game road trip, Boone said.

UP NEXT

Royals right-hander Heath Fillmyer (0-0, 9.00 ERA) starts Saturday afternoon against RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 3.22), weather permitting.

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  • W: C. Sabathia (1-0)L: J. Junis (1-2)
  • HR: NYY - B. Gardner (5), M. Tauchman (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield 1B50000023.294.322.459.781-1.0
B. Hamilton CF20000211.231.328.231.5594.5
A. Mondesi SS40110011.269.294.513.8073.5
H. Dozier 3B31100110.281.373.563.9363.5
A. Gordon LF30110103.329.417.571.9884.0
J. Soler DH40100012.237.293.500.7930.5
C. Owings 2B40000024.182.250.303.553-1.0
M. Maldonado C30000111.170.267.226.4930.5
T. Gore RF31100120.417.462.6671.1282.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner CF21121100.200.309.457.76611.0
    A. Judge DH31100101.275.400.478.8784.0
    L. Voit 1B21100200.227.363.439.8024.0
    G. Torres SS40100004.260.304.479.7831.0
    D. LeMahieu 3B30010003.313.361.391.7521.0
    C. Frazier RF30000100.327.351.577.9281.0
    M. Tauchman LF41111003.192.276.538.8146.0
    K. Higashioka C41100030.222.200.333.5331.5
    T. Wade 2B31200000.238.304.238.5423.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Dozier (3), A. Gordon (8)
      • RBI - A. Mondesi (14), A. Gordon (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Mondesi (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, A. Gordon 3 (3), C. Owings 3 (3), M. Maldonado
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Judge (2), K. Higashioka
      • HR - B. Gardner (5), M. Tauchman (2)
      • SF - D. LeMahieu (2)
      • RBI - B. Gardner 2 (10), D. LeMahieu (9), M. Tauchman (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Torres, D. LeMahieu 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Hamilton 2 (6), A. Mondesi (6)
      • CS - B. Hamilton (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Gardner (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Dozier-Owings-Merrifield; Owings-Mondesi-Merrifield; Newberry-Mondesi-Merrifield)
      • E - H. Dozier, W. Merrifield (2)
      • PB - M. Maldonado (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Frazier
      • DP - 2 (Frazier-Higashioka; LeMahieu-Wade-Voit)
      • E - C. Sabathia, G. Torres (2), L. Voit (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 1-2)5.16542226.261.54-1.0
      J. Diekman0.20000004.321.200.0
      B. Boxberger1.02113009.642.25-3.0
      J. Newberry1.00000104.501.003.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 1-2)5.1
      J. Diekman0.2
      B. Boxberger1.0
      J. Newberry1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia (W, 1-0)5.03104500.000.8017.5
      L. Cessa (H, 1)1.02110201.931.181.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 3)1.00001100.901.202.5
      T. Kahnle1.00001102.841.422.5
      Z. Britton1.00000203.241.444.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia (W, 1-0)5.0
      L. Cessa (H, 1)1.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 3)1.0
      T. Kahnle1.0
      Z. Britton1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Junis
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 87-56, J. Diekman 5-4, B. Boxberger 26-10, J. Newberry 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 9-4, J. Diekman 1-0, J. Newberry 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, J. Diekman, B. Boxberger 7, J. Newberry 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 86-49, L. Cessa 19-13, A. Ottavino 15-7, T. Kahnle 21-11, Z. Britton 10-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 5-4, L. Cessa 1-0, A. Ottavino 1-0, T. Kahnle 1-2, Z. Britton 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 21, L. Cessa 5, A. Ottavino 3, T. Kahnle 5, Z. Britton 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 1B50000023.294.322.459.781-1.0
      B. Hamilton CF20000211.231.328.231.5594.5
      A. Mondesi SS40110011.269.294.513.8073.5
      H. Dozier 3B31100110.281.373.563.9363.5
      A. Gordon LF30110103.329.417.571.9884.0
      J. Soler DH40100012.237.293.500.7930.5
      C. Owings 2B40000024.182.250.303.553-1.0
      M. Maldonado C30000111.170.267.226.4930.5
      T. Gore RF31100120.417.462.6671.1282.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner CF21121100.200.309.457.76611.0
        A. Judge DH31100101.275.400.478.8784.0
        L. Voit 1B21100200.227.363.439.8024.0
        G. Torres SS40100004.260.304.479.7831.0
        D. LeMahieu 3B30010003.313.361.391.7521.0
        C. Frazier RF30000100.327.351.577.9281.0
        M. Tauchman LF41111003.192.276.538.8146.0
        K. Higashioka C41100030.222.200.333.5331.5
        T. Wade 2B31200000.238.304.238.5423.0
        Total2868425311-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - H. Dozier (3), A. Gordon (8)
          • RBI - A. Mondesi (14), A. Gordon (17)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Mondesi (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, A. Gordon 3 (3), C. Owings 3 (3), M. Maldonado
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Judge (2), K. Higashioka
          • HR - B. Gardner (5), M. Tauchman (2)
          • SF - D. LeMahieu (2)
          • RBI - B. Gardner 2 (10), D. LeMahieu (9), M. Tauchman (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Torres, D. LeMahieu 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Hamilton 2 (6), A. Mondesi (6)
          • CS - B. Hamilton (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Gardner (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Dozier-Owings-Merrifield; Owings-Mondesi-Merrifield; Newberry-Mondesi-Merrifield)
          • E - H. Dozier, W. Merrifield (2)
          • PB - M. Maldonado (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - C. Frazier
          • DP - 2 (Frazier-Higashioka; LeMahieu-Wade-Voit)
          • E - C. Sabathia, G. Torres (2), L. Voit (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 1-2)5.16542226.261.54-1.0
          J. Diekman0.20000004.321.200.0
          B. Boxberger1.02113009.642.25-3.0
          J. Newberry1.00000104.501.003.5
          Total8.0865532---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 1-2)5.1
          J. Diekman0.2
          B. Boxberger1.0
          J. Newberry1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sabathia (W, 1-0)5.03104500.000.8017.5
          L. Cessa (H, 1)1.02110201.931.181.0
          A. Ottavino (H, 3)1.00001100.901.202.5
          T. Kahnle1.00001102.841.422.5
          Z. Britton1.00000203.241.444.0
          Total9.05216110---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sabathia (W, 1-0)5.0
          L. Cessa (H, 1)1.0
          A. Ottavino (H, 3)1.0
          T. Kahnle1.0
          Z. Britton1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Junis
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 87-56, J. Diekman 5-4, B. Boxberger 26-10, J. Newberry 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 9-4, J. Diekman 1-0, J. Newberry 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, J. Diekman, B. Boxberger 7, J. Newberry 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 86-49, L. Cessa 19-13, A. Ottavino 15-7, T. Kahnle 21-11, Z. Britton 10-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 5-4, L. Cessa 1-0, A. Ottavino 1-0, T. Kahnle 1-2, Z. Britton 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 21, L. Cessa 5, A. Ottavino 3, T. Kahnle 5, Z. Britton 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Wade reached on an infield single to pitcher, Higashioka scored, Wade out at second on 3rd baseman Dozier throwing error26
          • 6TH INNING
            Voit scored, Torres to second on passed ball25
            LeMahieu hit sacrifice fly to center, Judge scored, Voit to third24
            Gordon doubled to deep right, Dozier scored23
          • 5TH INNING
            Tauchman homered to right center13
          • 3RD INNING
            Gardner homered to center, Wade scored12
            Mondesi singled to right, Gore scored, Hamilton to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Zack Britton relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maldonado grounded out to second
            • T. Gore: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gore struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Adam Ottavino
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Soler safe at first on shortstop Torres fielding error, Gordon to third
            • C. Owings: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Owings flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Jake Newberry relieved Brad Boxberger
            • C. Frazier: Frazier safe at first on 1st baseman Merrifield fielding error
            • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Tauchman grounded out to shortstop, Frazier out at second
            • K. Higashioka: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Higashioka struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Adam Ottavino relieved Luis Cessa
            • T. Gore: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gore struck out looking
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton walked
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hamilton caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brad Boxberger relieved Jake Diekman
            • K. Higashioka: Higashioka doubled to deep center
            • T. Wade: Wade reached on an infield single to pitcher, Higashioka scored, Wade out at second on 3rd baseman Dozier throwing error
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Gardner stole second, Ball, Judge walked
            • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Voit walked, Gardner to third, Judge to second
            • G. Torres: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Torres popped out to second
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu fouled out to first
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Luis Cessa relieved CC Sabathia
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Dozier doubled to deep left
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon doubled to deep right, Dozier scored
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Soler grounded out to second, Gordon to third
            • C. Owings: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Judge doubled to deep right
            • L. Voit: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Voit walked
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Torres reached on an infield single to second, Judge to third, Voit to second
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu hit sacrifice fly to center, Judge scored, Voit to third
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Voit scored, Torres to second on passed ball
            • Jake Diekman relieved Jake Junis
            • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Tauchman grounded out to shortstop, Frazier out at second
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • T. Gore: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gore walked
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to second, Gore out at second
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hamilton walked
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Hamilton stole second, Mondesi flied out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Tauchman homered to right center
            • K. Higashioka: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Higashioka struck out swinging
            • T. Wade: Ball, Wade grounded out to second
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gardner grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • C. Owings: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres lined out to right
            • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Frazier: Frazier flied out to deep right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado walked
            • T. Gore: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gore reached on an infield single to pitcher, Maldonado to third, Gore to second on Sabathia throwing error
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield flied out to right, Maldonado out at home
            • B. Hamilton: Hamilton safe at first on 1st baseman Voit fielding error, Gore to third
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Mondesi singled to right, Gore scored, Hamilton to second
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton stole third Mondesi stole second,, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded into fielder's choice to pitcher, Hamilton out at home
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • K. Higashioka: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Higashioka struck out looking
            • T. Wade: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wade singled to center
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Gardner homered to center, Wade scored
            • A. Judge: Foul, Foul, Judge grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Voit: Foul, Voit grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Soler reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • C. Owings: Ball, Strike looking, Owings flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Frazier grounded out to third
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tauchman flied out to deep left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mondesi flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner hit by pitch
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Judge grounded out to second, Gardner out at second
            • L. Voit: Strike looking, Ball, Voit singled to left
            • G. Torres: Torres grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Voit out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)