September 2, 2009
MLB: NY Yankees 10, Baltimore 2
CC Sabathia struck out nine over seven innings Wednesday and the New York Yankees broke the game open with a huge ninth inning to defeat Baltimore 10-2.
New York had only a 3-2 lead going into the ninth, but sent a dozen men to the plate in that inning. Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon each reached base twice in the inning and the Yankees had seven hits, all singles.Alex Rodriguez had a two-run hit in the ninth. He went 3-for-5 in the game with four RBI and reached 2,500 hits for his career.
Sabathia (16-7) became the first American League pitcher to reach 16 victories. He allowed a run on seven hits in seven innings in New York's 10th straight win over Baltimore.
The Yankees have won six in a row overall and 23 of their last 29. Their lead over Boston in the American League East grew to 71/2 games.
Reliever Kam Mickolio (0-2) took the loss. He gave up a two-run single by Rodriguez in the seventh that put the Yankees in front.