C.C. Sabathia struck out 10 to tie his season-high as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 to break a five-game losing streak, their longest of this Major League Baseball season.
Sabathia (5-4) allowed one run on six hits in 7 1/3 innings, while Mariano Rivera got his 19th save after striking out one and giving up two hits in the ninth inning last night at Yankee Stadium.
Sabathia tallied his 36th career game with at least 10 strikeouts, and his 17th as a Yankee to tie Al Downing for third in franchise history. His fifth-inning strikeout of David Ross was the 889th for the Yankees, surpassing David Cone’s 888 and putting him alone in 17th place on the team’s all-time list.
The win elevated New York (31-23) to one game behind the American East-leading Red Sox (33-23).
Jayson Nix and Ichiro Suzuki each hit run-scoring singles in the second inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
Kevin Youkilis, playing in his first game off the disabled list, sent Suzuki home on a single in the fifth for a 3-0 advantage. Youkilis, who was 1-for-4 last night, went on the disabled list April 30 with a back sprain.
Brett Gardner added a run-scoring single to center in the seventh after Mike Napoli doubled to score Dustin Pedroia for the Red Sox’s only run.
Mark Teixeira also returned to the roster after injuring his right wrist on March 5. He was 0-for-3 with a walk.
The Yankees are still without shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, left fielder Curtis Granderson and catcher Francisco Cervelli.
Jon Lester (6-2) surrendered four runs on six hits and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings.
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