C.C. Sabathia pitched his 35th career complete game to record his 11th victory this season as the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 6-3 in a Major League Baseball contest.
Sabathia (11-3) allowed three runs on three hits while striking out the Mariners’ first 10 batters last night for the American League East-leading Yankees (62-43), who have a 1-0 advantage in the three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
“I know today they came out really aggressive,” Sabathia told reporters. “They do have a lot of lefties in their lineup, and that tends to work in my advantage.”
Sabathia threw 72 strikes in 103 pitches in his second complete game this season.
“He did a good job of keeping everybody off balance,” said Casper Wells, who hit a home run as the Mariners’ 11th batter off Sabathia in the fourth inning. “He was throwing a lot of sliders. A lot of guys said they couldn’t pick up the slider that well, and he changes speeds on the slider, too. I know I had a couple of bad swings on them.”
Curtis Granderson hit a two-run single in the third inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Eric Chavez added a two-run homer in the sixth off Seattle starter Kevin Millwood. Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez each hit run-scoring singles in the seventh.
Yankee batters have hit home runs in 21 straight home games, two games shy of the franchise record of 23 games set in 1963 from June 13 to July 24. Chavez joins eight teammates -- Cano, Granderson, Ibanez, Andruw Jones, Russell Martin, Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira -- with at least 10 home runs, the most players in the majors.
Teixeira went 1-for-4 with a single in his return to the lineup after missing two games with a sore wrist.
Casper Wells hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and Dustin Ackley drove in two runs with his homer in the ninth for the Mariners, who are in a last place in the four-team AL West with a 50-58 record, 13 1/2 games behind the Texas Rangers.
Millwood (4-9) gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings for the loss.