The Yankees ran up the score against Boston last night, beating the Red Sox 10-2 behind an improbable nine-run second inning and a strong performance from CC Sabathia. The win, combined with an Orioles loss against the Rays, leaves the Yankees in sole possession of first place in the American League East.
That was all that CC needed as he held the Red Sox to just two runs on four hits and a walk over eight innings. It was the third consecutive strong performance by the Yankees ace. That is likely to be Sabathia’s last outing and he finished with a 15-6 record and a 3.38 ERA. Not bad for somebody who was supposedly struggling all season.
The Yankees got an insurance run in the eighth when Melky Mesa got a chance to make up for his unfortunate major league debut when he picked up a RBI-single in his first major league at bat.
Possibly the best part of this game was that Brett Gardner finally returned to full action and got his first at bat since April. After the game Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he has been cleared to hit full time now.
The Yankees have now pulled one game ahead of the Orioles for first place in the AL East. With a Rangers loss they have also tied Texas for the best record in the AL. Two more games to play and David Phelps is starting Tuesday in the place of the struggling Ivan Nova.