A 128-pitch effort by CC Sabathia got him to silence the talk of his winless season against the Red Sox in a 5-2 victory. The bottom of the lineup backed up the ace of the Yankees staff as Francisco Cervelli delivered a long home run out of Fenway Park over the Green Monster and Eric Chavez drove in two runs as well.
CC Sabathia entered tonight with an 0-4 record against the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees need to defeat their biggest rivals to make ground in the battle for the AL East lead. After 2 innings, he was around 50 pitches so a quality outing by Sabathia would take well over a standard outing, but he took on the challenge, despite surrendering 10 hits, he also struck out 10 over 6 innings.
Due to the recent workload David Robertson took on, he was unavailable so Cory Wade and Boone Logan combined to take the 7th inning, including two big strikeouts by Logan to keep the lead.
Rafael Soriano had a difficult inning of work but managed to get through this with the lead still intact. Mariano Rivera had the tying-run come to the plate due to a questionable call of hit by pitch on Jarrod Saltalamacchia but he managed to secure the lead and the win.
Francisco Cervelli’s home run in the 5th inning was capped off with a pump of the fist at home plate which did not sit well with Red Sox starting pitcher, John Lackey. Cervelli ended up getting hit with a pitch in what may have been a retaliation pitch for Cervelli’s celebration but he ended up scoring in that inning to take advantage of Lackey’s inside pitch.
This win created a tie in the loss column as the battle for the AL East lead continues to be as close as it always is when it comes to the Yankees and the Red Sox.