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CC Improves To 12-3, Yanks Finish First Half Atop AL East

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mark Teixeira went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and one driven in, and CC Sabathia went seven strong innings to lead New York to an 8-1 win over the Mariners in the finale of a four-game series.

Sabathia (12-3) allowed only one run on six hits and a walk in winning a career-high eighth consecutive start. The left-hander has given up one earned run or less in each of his last five outings.

Marcus Thames went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer for the Yankees (56-32), who had their seven-game winning streak snapped in Saturday's 4-1 setback but still lead the American League East.

Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-9) got roughed up for six runs -- four earned -- on six hits and a walk in just four frames for Seattle, which sits in the basement of the AL West with a 35-53 record.