Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/25)

Game 1: Friday, June 24
NY Yankees2
Game 2: Saturday, June 25
NY Yankees8
Game 3: Sunday, June 26
NY Yankees6

Rockies 3

(38-38, 19-19 away)

Yankees 8

(44-31, 24-18 home)

    1:05 PM ET, June 25, 2011

    Yankee Stadium, New York, New York 

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    W: C. Sabathia (10-4)

    L: A. Cook (0-3)

    CC Sabathia first in majors to 10 wins as Yanks baffle Rockies

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- At least CC Sabathia was honest.

    The big left-hander tossed eight stingy innings against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, leading the New York Yankees to a resounding 8-3 victory and becoming the first big league pitcher to reach the 10-win plateau this season.

    "I wish I could say it meant something, but it don't," he said with a shrug and a sly smile. "We're here to win championships. That's what we're trying to do."

    The way he's been pitching, the Yankees should have a pretty good chance.

    A dozen pitchers began the day with nine wins, but Sabathia (10-4) won the race to double digits. The former Cy Young winner allowed one run while striking out nine, improving to 19-7 all-time in interleague play. That win total makes him baseball's active leader.

    Sabathia has lost once since May 14, pitching into the seventh inning every time.

    "He's the same guy every day," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He just goes out and pitches and wins ballgames. That's what he does."

    Sabathia threw just 103 pitches Saturday, but Girardi decided against letting him finish the game. Buddy Carlyle promptly gave up Ty Wigginton's two-run homer in the ninth.

    Seth Smith drove in the Rockies' only other run with a pinch-hit single in the eighth.

    "CC shone tonight. He was good," the Rockies' Jason Giambi said. "He had a great tilt on his slider. I had a hard time picking up betweeen slider and fastball. He hid the ball really well, and he was lights-out tonight, and that's what he normally does. He's their big ace."

    Alex Rodriguez drove in three runs, Mark Teixeira added a two-run homer for New York, Jorge Posada had three hits and the Yankees pounded out 15 total. Everybody in their starting lineup had a hit off starter Aaron Cook (0-3) except Robinson Cano, who went 0-for-4 for the second straight game.

    "Those guys scoring runs makes it smooth," Sabathia said. "I felt like I needed to put my foot on the gas today, go out and be aggressive and throw strikes."

    The Yankees lost the series opener 4-2 on Friday night, and together with a series sweep four years ago at Coors Field, had lost four straight to the Rockies.

    They didn't waste any time jumping ahead Saturday.

    Brett Gardner laid down a perfect bunt toward third on Cook's first pitch and Wigginton didn't even bother making a throw to first. Gardner swiped second base with ease, then sped home when Curtis Granderson dribbled a single through the right side of the infield.

    Outfielder Eric Young bobbled the ball and Granderson wound up at second. The error proved costly moments later when A-Rod's base hit gave New York a 2-0 lead.

    Granderson and Rodriguez helped add three more runs in the third.

    New York's hot-hitting outfielder started off with a blooper to left, and Teixeira followed with a rocket to center that put runners on second and third. A-Rod then went opposite field for a two-run double, and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Swisher, sliding headfirst to beat the throw from Ryan Spilborghs at the plate.

    "For a right-handed thrower, that's a tough throw," Rodriguez said, "so I took a chance."

    Back-to-back doubles by Swisher and Posada made it 6-0 in the sixth.

    Most of that offense was unnecessary with Sabathia on the mound, though that's been the norm this season. His run-support average is the highest in the major leagues.

    It helped that Rockies manager Jim Tracy seemed to concede defeat.

    He took star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki out in the seventh inning, and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and leading hitter Todd Helton left the game in the eighth.

    By then, the Rockies had squandered their best scoring opportunities.

    Spilborghs led off the fifth with a double and reached third base before Sabathia wiggled out of trouble. In the sixth, Young and Helton opened with consecutive singles before Tulowitzki grounded into a double play and Giambi went down swinging.

    "When you're facing a guy the magnitude of CC Sabathia, you can't give them a four- or five-run head start," Tracy said. "That's just a very difficult chore to come back from."

    Game notes

    Cook allowed six runs, five earned, on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. ... A-Rod said his right knee is bothering him, though not enough to prevent him from playing. ... Derek Jeter (right calf) took 27 swings off a tee and 30 swings of soft toss Saturday at the Yankees' spring training complex. ... Rockies closer Huston Street was unavailable after saving Friday night's win. Tracy said there was some soreness in Street's groin area.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumYankee Stadium, New York, NY
    Attendance46,900 (95.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:00
    Weather76 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind3 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Brian Onora, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Ed Hickox

    Research Notes

    Although he allowed 8 runners on base, CC Sabathia was effective once they were, holding the Rockies to 2-16 with runners on. So how did he do it? By relying more on his slider. With the bases empty, Sabathia threw mostly fastballs while relying on his slider just 18 percent of the time. With runners on, he dropped his fastball usage and mixed in a higher number of sliders.
    CC Sabathia is just the fifth Yankees pitcher in the past 60 seasons to win his 50th game before losing his 20th game with the club. He joins Chien-Ming Wang, David Cone, Ron Guidry and Whitey Ford.

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