CC Sabathia pitched six scoreless innings in his return from the disabled list as the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1.
Sabathia, who had been out since June 24 because of a strained groin, limited the Blue Jays to four hits and had six strikeouts in improving his record to 10-3.
Sabathia was staked to an early 3-0 lead when Andruw Jones hit a three-run homer in the second inning last night at Yankee Stadium. Derek Jeter and Chris Stewart added run-scoring doubles in the seventh inning as the Yankees improved their Major League Baseball-best record to 56-34.
While the Yankees have won eight of their past 10 games, the New York Mets lost their fifth in a row with a 5-4 defeat at the Washington Nationals in 10 innings. Ryan Zimmerman scored the winning run on a wild pitch after the Mets had taken one-run leads in the top of both the ninth and 10th innings.
At 52-36, the Nationals have the best record in the National League.
The Los Angeles Angels erupted for 18 hits and five homers yesterday in a 13-0 rout of the host Detroit Tigers. Mark Trumbo hit his sixth homer in eight games, while Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Alberto Callaspo and Kendrys Morales added home runs.
Kevin Youkilis helped the Chicago White Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Red Sox in Boston by hitting a three-run homer against his former team.
The Atlanta Braves had their seven-game winning streak snapped with a 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants, who picked up their 50th win of the season, improving to 50-40.
The NL Central Division-leading Cincinnati Reds boosted their record to 51-39 by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 as Johnny Cueto and four relievers combined on an eight-hitter. The Reds remain one game ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2.
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