Yankees' pitching frustrates Mets, 5-0
NEW YORK — This is what the Yankees envisioned when they spent $243.5 million on CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.
One day after Sabathia and the bullpen combined on a three-hit, 9-1 victory, Burnett and two relievers authored a suffocating one-hitter against the punchless New York Mets, a 5-0 victory last night in a runaway Subway Series.
"You can say I was inspired, definitely," Burnett said. "I thought about this game all last night. And I've told him a handful of times over the season, 'I can't wait to throw behind you, Big Man, I can't wait.' "
Alex Cora got the Mets' only hit, lining a clean single to center on a 0-1 curveball leading off the sixth.
"I wanted it down a little more. That was one of those pitches where as soon as I let it go, I saw him hitting it," Burnett said. "Before he even hit it, I knew it was going to be a base hit."
Cora had been 0 for 21 against Burnett (6-4).
"Every time I play against him, he's got great stuff," Cora said. "I was due, man."
Nick Swisher (solo shot) and Jorge Posada (three-run blast) made Citi Field seem small with opposite-field homers off Tim Redding (1-3). The Yankees, starting Burnett behind Sabathia for the first time, have won four of five against the Mets this season, outscoring them 40-15.
"It is what you imagine," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We do expect them to pitch at a very high level."
RED SOX 1, BRAVES 0:
Tim Wakefield (10-3) spaced three singles over six innings, three relievers completed the four-hitter and Mark Kotsay had a sixth-inning RBI single to lift visiting Boston over Atlanta.
PHILLIES 10, BLUE JAYS 0:
J.A. Happ (5-0) pitched a five-hitter, Jayson Werth homered twice, including a towering two-run drive into the upper deck in the sixth, as visiting Philadelphia routed Toronto to snap a three-game losing streak.
CARDINALS 5, TWINS 3:
Albert Pujols hit a pair of two-run homers off Kevin Slowey (10-3) for his 29th career multihomer game, sixth this season and second in six days, as host St. Louis beat Minnesota.
ANGELS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1:
Mike Napoli hit a one-out, 0-1 pitch from Chad Qualls (1-1) 428 feet into the center-field seats in the top of the ninth inning to break a tie and lift Los Angeles over Arizona for its fourth straight win.
WHITE SOX 8, CUBS 7:
Gordon Beckham singled deep to right off Sean Marshall (3-6), scoring Paul Konerko from second base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the White Sox beat the Cubs.
RAYS 3, MARLINS 2:
Carlos Pena hit his AL-leading 23rd home run in the third and Jason Bartlett scored on pinch-hitter Willy Aybar's sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift Tampa Bay over Florida.
PADRES 7, RANGERS 3:
Rookie Kyle Blanks drove in three runs and visiting San Diego had 16 hits, dropping Texas out of the first place for the first time since May 5. The Rangers are a half-game back of Los Angeles in the AL West.
REDS 7, INDIANS 3:
Homer Bailey (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the day, gave up three runs on three hits and seven walks in five innings, and Jay Bruce hit his 18th home run as visiting Cincinnati beat Cleveland.
PIRATES 6, ROYALS 2:
Delwyn Young homered and drove in a career-high four runs, and Paul Maholm (5-4) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings to lead host Pittsburgh past Kansas City for its fourth straight victory.
ORIOLES 6, NATIONALS 3:
Nolan Reimold hit a three-run homer, Gregg Zaun and Aubrey Huff had solo shots, and host Baltimore received strong performances from three relievers to rally past Washington.
ASTROS 8, TIGERS 1:
Rookie right-hander Felipe Paulino (2-4) allowed a run on three hits in seven innings for his victory as a starter and host Houston used a five-run third to pull away from Detroit for its third straight win.
ROCKIES 11, ATHLETICS 9:
Brad Hawpe hit the 100th home run of his career, one of four hit by visiting Colorado's surging offense, and Jorge De La Rosa (4-7) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings to beat Oakland.
MARINERS 5, DODGERS 1:
Felix Hernandez (8-3) allowed four hits, an unearned run and struck out nine over eight innings, and Ken Griffey Jr. and Russell Branyan each hit home runs, leading visiting Seattle over Los Angeles.
BREWERS 7, GIANTS 6:
Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer in the sixth and then capped a three-run bottom of the ninth inning with a two-out, RBI double to score Cory Hart as Milwaukee rallied to beat San Francisco.
Ramirez homers at Class-A: Manny Ramirez homered in his first at-bat and added a single in the fifth before leaving the ballpark after the fifth inning as the Inland Empire 66ers beat the Lake Elsinore Storm, 7-4, last night in a Class-A California League game at Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Inland Empire manager Carlos Subero said Ramirez likely would play left field today when the 66ers return home to San Bernardino.
Indians-Cardinals trade: The Cleveland Indians traded infielder Mark DeRosa to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-handed reliever Chris Perez and a player to be named later. DeRosa, whom the Indians acquired from the Chicago Cubs in a trade last offseason, was hitting .270 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs.