After a crushing sweep in Chicago last month, the Yankees get revenge in the Bronx, but it wasn’t easy.
CC Sabathia would surrender a first inning run, but Robinson Cano would answer with a solo homer in the bottom half. The score held at 1-1 until the home half of the fourth, when the Yankees put up another crooked number. With two on and no outs, Lyle Overbay broke the tie with an RBI double to right. It was Overbay’s 12th go-ahead run-batted-in of the season, which leads the team. Brett Gardner than smcked a 2-run triple, topped off by a two out RBI single by Cano, who finished the night 3-4.
Sabathia threw up zeros the next three innings, and Alfonso Soriano’s 7th inning Sac Fly looked like a tack on run. That’s until David Robertson came in with one out in the 8th, with two runners on in relief of Sabathia. D-Rob has been great all year, but his Houdini ways didn’t work out tonight. He allowed both inherited runners to score, along with two of his own, making a 6-1 lead turn into a nail biter.
With two on and two out, Joe Girardi was forced to bring Mariano Rivera in for a four out save opportunity, his first since July 2011. The Sandman got to a 3-2 count on Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza, when he went paint at the knees on the outside corner. De Aza didn’t like the call, but it ended the inning, and got the Yankees out of a sticky situation.
Sabathia gave up 3 runs over 7 1/3, picking up his 13th win of the year. It was a one of his better starts of the year, and the bombers need more of this over final 20-odd games of the season
Now 5-1 on their current 10-game homestand, next up are four with the AL East leading Red Sox. The AL’s Pitcher of the Month in August, Ivan Nova takes the hill in the opener. Nova went 4-0 last month.
**** Baltimore lost again, giving the Yankees a 1.5 game cushion over their division mates. Oakland won earlier in the day, tying for the West again with the Rangers. The Rays are out on the west coast.