Despite having thrown just 95 pitches, CC Sabathia was pulled after eight scoreless innings in the New York Yankees win vs the Oakland Athletics Thursday. Joe Girardi's move ended Sabathia's bid to become the first Yankees pitcher to throw a one-hit shutout since Mike Mussina had his perfect game bid end with two outs in ninth inning against the Red Sox on September 2, 2001 - or exactly nine years prior to Thursday.
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However, Sabathia and the Yanks still managed to make history when Jonathan Albaladejo came in to complete the one-hit shutout. It was the 21st game this season where a team allowed no runs and fewer than two hits. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that ties 1910 for the most such games in a season in league history.
Sabathia also claimed a bit of personal glory Thursday, tying a pair of Yankees records. With the win, Sabathia is now 16-0 in 21 starts at Yankee Stadium since taking the loss in the Yanks game against the Mariners on July 2, 2009. His 21 straight home starts without a loss are tied with Whitey Ford (1964-65) for the longest such streak in club history. Sabathia's 16 straight home decisions won also tie a team record. Ron Guidry (1985-86) and Johnny Allen (1932-33) also won 16 straight home decisions for the Bombers. Sabathia is expected to get a chance at setting both marks Tuesday when the Yankees welcome the Orioles to the Bronx.
Other notes from Thursday's limited MLB action:
• Adrian Beltre's 25th home run of the season opened the scoring for the Boston Red Sox in their 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Beltre is the first Red Sox third baseman to register 25 home runs in a season since Butch Hobson in 1979. Beltre is now hitting .321 and has 92 runs batted in this year. He could become the first Red Sox infielder to hit .320 in a season while recording 25 homers and 90 RBI since current ESPN MLB analyst Nomar Garciaparra in 1999.
• The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 12-11 despite allowing 20 hits. It's the first win for the Phillies in a nine-inning game in which they allowed at least 20 hits since May 26, 1932, when they beat the Boston Braves 17-13. Philadelphia had lost 58 straight nine-inning games in which they allowed at least 20 hits entering the night.
• Johan Santana had to leave the New York Mets 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves early with a strained pectoral, but not before allowing one runs over five innings to secure his 11th win of the season. It was the 16th start Santana has allowed fewer than two runs in a start this year. That's one ahead of Josh Johnson for the most in the majors.