Sturdy outing, but another ND for CC

It was another no-decision for CC Sabathia Thursday night. That is four straight starts, seven of his past nine and eight of his past 11 that the lefthander has not been involved in a decision, but this time there were many positive elements to his outing.

Sabathia, whose most recent victory was five starts ago July 8, was solid for 99 pitches over six innings and limited the Red Sox to one run, three hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. His biggest K came in the fifth inning after Boston had tied the score on a two-out single by Rusney Castillo and loaded the bases with David Ortiz coming up.

Big Papi, who had crushed a 447-foot home run the night before off rookie Luis Severino, was frozen by two knee-buckling sliders from Sabathia before swinging through a 1-2 fastball. Sabathia was pumped up after the inning-ending heater and pounded his left fist in celebration as Ortiz paced back to the Boston dugout. Sabathia finished his stint with a 1-2-3 sixth, the fourth inning in which he retired the side in order.

The Yankees had staked Sabathia to a 1-0 lead in the third on a two-out, RBI double by Alex Rodriguez off lefthander Eduardo Rodriguez (no relation). The Yankees had a chance to put CC ahead again in the fifth but failed to score.

Singles by Brendan Ryan and Jacoby Ellsbury and a sacrifice by Brett Gardner set the table to A-Rod, but the Red Sox chose to walk him intentionally and pitch to Mark Teixeira, a case of pick your poison. Tex fouled out to catcher Ryan Hanigan, however, and Chris Young popped out to shortstop Zander Bogaerts.

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