C.C. Goes Distance, Yanks Win 10th Straight
The Yankees (41-25) continued their tear winning their 10th straight during interleague play on Monday night beating the Atlanta Braves (35-32) by the score of 6-2 in the Bronx. Derek Jeter was the hero with a go-ahead base hit in the fifth inning while C.C. Sabathia put together a complete game against the Braves lineup. In his nine innings of work Sabathia gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out 10. The win puts Sabathia at 9-3.
Braves starter Mike Minor was shutting the Yankees down early on throwing a no-hitter through the first four innings. In the fifth inning the Yankees got it going. Alex Rodriguez led off the inning with a single, Robinson Cano walked which led to a Russell Martin RBI ground rule double making the score 2-1 Braves. Jayson Nix followed with a walk loading the bases for Derek Jeter. Jeter ripped a single right back up the middle scoring two runs and putting the Yankees on top 3-2.
In the sixth inning Mark Teixeira led off with a solo home run off of Minor making the score 4-2. It was Teixeira’s 12th home run of the season and 100th as a New York Yankee. Minor finished the game going 5 2/3 innings gave up four runs on four hits and struck out seven.
In the seventh inning Derek Jeter would do it again with another RBI single this time off of Braves reliever Kris Medlen. Jeter finished the game 2-4 with 3 RBIs.
In the eighth Robinson Cano added an insurance run with a solo shot to center field off of Braves reliever Anthony Varvaro. It was Cano’s 13th of the season.
The Braves looked like they might give Sabathia trouble early on when Michael Bourne led off the game with a triple in the left center field gap and Martin Prado followed with a RBI groundout to make the score 1-0. That would be it for the Braves though as Sabathia settled down and only allowed one more run in the fifth inning when Michael Bourne laced an RBI single up the middle scoring Jason Heyward.
The Yankees play the Braves again Tuesday evening. Hiroki Kuroda (6-6 3.43) will get the start for the Yankees while Tim Hudson (4-3 3.90) goes for the Braves. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30, first pitch at 7:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.