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Yankees 8 Red Sox 1 | Sabathia goes seven strong and shuts down the Red Sox

Stacey Gotsulias

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When the Yankees want to prevent a losing streak, all they need to do is call upon their most-tenured pitcher to get them back into the win column. Since the beginning of 2017, CC Sabathia is 12-0 with 2.47 ERA in 18 regular season starts following a Yankee loss. On Friday, Sabathia held the Red Sox to one run over seven innings of work and the Yankees won the game, 8-1.

Aside from Sabathia’s gem, the offense went to work against Eduardo Rodriguez scoring five runs in six innings. Two of those runs were off home runs by Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird. Bird also went deep against reliever Justin Haley. Aaron Judge added to the home run derby, hitting his own against Haley and putting the Yankees up 7-1 in the seventh.

The Yankees and Red Sox are now tied for first place in the American League East with the Yanks holding a slight edge winning percentage-wise.

Turning point:

The turning point came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Andujar and Bird went back-to-back and extended the Yankees’ lead to 5-0. Giancarlo Stanton led off the inning with a walk which was followed by a Didi Gregorius double that advanced Stanton to third. Gleyber Torres hit a sac fly to score Stanton and make it 3-0 Yankees. That set up Andujar and Bird to go deep and give the Yankees more breathing room. A 2-0 lead against the Red Sox can be tricky, a 5-0 lead is a little more manageable.

Three takeaways:

—Sabathia really likes pitching against good teams this season and according to Katie Sharp, research guru extraordinaire, Sabathia has a 2.33 ERA in six starts against teams whose records are above .500.

—Bird’s bat seems to be waking up. Another good sign was his home run against Rodriguez, it went to the opposite field and it looked as if he was able to make an adjustment during his at-bat. His home run against Haley landed in right field, just in front of the bleachers.

—Chasen Shreve pitched another scoreless inning in relief. Sure, the Yankees were up by seven runs but the left-hander struck out two and didn’t give up a hit. He also had a scoreless inning against the Phillies on Tuesday. Looks like he had recovered from the walk-off he gave up against Tampa on Sunday.

Player of the game:

We’ll give this one to the old man. Sabathia gave up the lone run on six hits and he struck out five while only walking one batter. He also lowered his season ERA to 3.02 which ranks him in the Top 10 of American League starters. Not bad for someone who’s turning 38 next month.

Oh, and look at this. He even fielded his position well:

Stacey Gotsulias is a writer based in New York. She currently writes for BP Bronx and is an author of Baseball Prospectus. You can follow her on Twitter @StaceGots.

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