Yankees-Blue Jays Score: CC Sabathia Pitches New York To 4-1 Victory

After back-to-back sub-par outings by Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, the New York Yankees needed a well-pitched game from a starting pitcher. Fortunately, the Yankees had ace CC Sabathia pitching Ssaturday against the Toronto Blue Jays, and Sabathia delivered as the Yankees won, 4-1.

Sabathia tossed eight innings of one-run ball as the Yankees took a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays in the third portion of a four-game series. The big left-hander became the first 14-game winner in the majors.

Sabathia (14-4) allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out eight to extend his personal win streak to seven straight starts.

Mariano Rivera threw a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 23rd save of the year as New York won for the third time in five games. Rivera allowed back-to-back one-out singles by Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion to put the tying run at the plate in the ninth, but Aaron Hill fanned on a high fastball and a groundout by Travis Snider ended the game.

Rajai Davis walked to leadoff the first, stole second and crossed the plate on Escobar's single up the middle to give the Jays an early 1-0 lead and end Sabathia's streak of scoreless innings at 24.

But New York answered right back in the second to take the lead. Nick Swisher hit a ground-rule double over the head of Davis in center field and Andruw Jones followed with an RBI single into left field. Brett Gardner doubled to put runners on second and third, and Eduardo Nunez's high-chopper to third brought home Jones, making it a 2-1 game.

A Curtis Granderson walk and a Robinson Cano single put runners on the corners with one out in the third. After a Swisher strikeout, Romero bounced a curveball in the dirt and Cano made a break for second. Catcher J.P. Arencibia recovered quickly, and Cano was caught in a run-down between first and second. Granderson made his way towards home during the play and Hill's throw to the plate sailed over Arencibia's head, allowing Granderson to score easily.

Gardner hustled out a double on a blooper into shallow center to start the fourth, advanced to second on a Nunez sacrifice bunt and crossed the plate on Derek Jeter's infield single to extend New York's lead to 4-1.

Toronto's best chance to get back into the game came in the fourth inning. Escobar led off the frame with a walk and that was followed by a Lind single. After Encarnacion struck out, Hill hit a hard liner to third that was grabbed by Nunez. Escobar was running on contact and was caught too far off second as Nunez made an easy toss to the bag for the inning-ending double play.

Toronto third baseman Jose Bautista missed his second straight game with an injured ankle.

-- Sports Network contributed to this report


Final - 7.16.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 1
Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
WP: CC Sabathia (14 - 4)
SV: Mariano Rivera (23)
LP: Ricky Romero (7 - 9)

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