|Bartolo Colon displayed the kind of form last night that reminded many of why he won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award. (Bill Kostroun/Associated Press)|
Colon stops White Sox
Vintage outing for new Yankee
NEW YORK — Bartolo Colon looked like the ace of old, shutting down the Chicago White Sox over eight crisp innings, and Robinson Cano hit an early three-run homer to give the Yankees a 3-1 victory last night.
A pleasant surprise for the Yankees thus far, Colon (2-1) escaped a bases-loaded jam with nobody out and outpitched Mark Buehrle, giving him two wins in two starts this season — his first in the majors since 2009.
The husky righthander, who won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award for the Angels, signed a minor league deal in February and was brought to spring training to provide pitching depth.
He had a strong camp and made the team as a long reliever, but has quickly become an April savior for a New York rotation missing injured All-Star Phil Hughes.
The 37-year-old Colon, who beat Toronto 6-2 last Wednesday, flashed an overpowering fastball that had been missing for years as he struggled to overcome injuries. Hitting 94-95 miles per hour on the stadium radar gun, he struck out six and walked one against his former team.
Colon allowed seven hits, including Adam Dunn’s RBI single in the sixth, and threw 65 of his 99 pitches for strikes in a game that took just 2 hours 11 minutes. It was the first time he pitched more than seven innings since Sept. 22, 2007, with the Angels against Seattle in a 3-2 loss.
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save after blowing his previous two chances.
The victory made Joe Girardi the ninth manager to reach 300 regular-season wins with the Yankees. He is 300-207 since taking over before the 2008 season.
Buehrle (1-3) pitched well but failed in his fifth attempt at career win No. 150. The left-hander gave up six hits in seven innings, dropping to 1-8 against the Yankees in his career. He struck out five and walked two.
Before the game, Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen joked that he was surprised to learn Colon had showed up at the ballpark — a reference to Colon’s injury-plagued 2009 stint with the White Sox during which he was away from the team for long stretches and sometimes hard to find, Guillen said.
Guillen wasn’t around to see most of Colon’s impressive outing — the outspoken manager was ejected in the first inning for arguing a called third strike against slugger Paul Konerko. Guillen immediately took to Twitter during the game, calling the ejection pathetic and saying it would cost him a pricey fine.
Buehrle walked leadoff batter Derek Jeter in the first and Alex Rodriguez blooped a two-out single that put runners at the corners.
Cano lined a 1-1 pitch into the right-field stands — not far from where late substitute Brent Lillibridge made two dazzling catches in a row Tuesday night to rob the Yankees of a ninth-inning comeback in a 3-2 loss.
Cano has homered in two straight and four of his last five home games.