Sabathia dominates at home, Yanks beat Tigers 6-2

Posted: 18/08/2010 in MLB

Sabathia wins 16th as Yanks topple Tigers

CC Sabathia struck  out nine over seven strong innings  to pick  up his  American League-leading  16th win,  as the  New York Yankees  beat  the Detroit Tigers,  6-2, in the  second contest of a four-game series.

Robinson Cano and former Tiger Curtis Granderson each hit a solo homer for the Yankees,  who  had scored a total  of one run  over their last two games, both defeats.

Nick  Swisher added  a  two-run  single for  New  York,  which played  without starting  third baseman  Alex Rodriguez.  He  had an  MRI on  Tuesday and  was diagnosed with a low grade strain of his left calf.

Sabathia  (16-5) allowed  five hits and two runs, while walking three batters. The  powerful  southpaw won his  third straight  start as the Yankees remained tied  with Tampa Bay for first place in the AL East. The Rays pounded Texas on Tuesday.

Justin  Verlander  (13-8) was charged with  five hits and three runs over five innings and lost for the third time in his last four decisions.

Austin  Jackson homered  on the first pitch  of the game and Brandon Inge also went  deep  off Sabathia, but  the Tigers  had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Entering  Tuesday, Sabathia  had allowed just one homer in his last 13 starts, but  Jackson  changed that immediately by  hitting the game’s first pitch over the wall in left field.

Brett Gardner singled and Derek Jeter walked to start the bottom of the first. Cano  walked  with one out to  set up Swisher’s  two-run base hit to left. The Yankees loaded the bases again, but Marcus Thames grounded into a 1-2-3 double play.

Granderson  homered  to right to  start the bottom  of the second and Sabathia escaped trouble in the fourth, fanning Inge to leave two men on base.

Gardner  doubled to  right off  Daniel Schlereth  in the  sixth and  scored on Jeter’s single to right.

Inge  homered in  the next inning, but Cano  hit one over the wall in right to start  the  bottom half of the  frame. Ramiro Pena, who started for Rodriguez, drove  in Swisher with  a sacrifice fly later in the inning to account for the final margin.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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