CC Sabathia tied his career high with 13 strikeouts and Mark Teixeira hit his 300th homer to help the Yankees finish off June with a season-best five-game winning streak by beating the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0, yesterday in New York.
Sabathia (11-4) won for the eighth time in nine starts and became the first major leaguer to reach 11 victories. Detroit ace Justin Verlander won his 11th later in the afternoon against the Mets.
In 7 2/3 innings, Sabathia gave up six hits and two walks. Every batter he fanned came on a swinging third strike.
Sabathia faced the Brewers for the first time since helping them reach the 2008 playoffs.
Randy Wolf (6-5) lost for the first time in eight starts since May 17.
Ryan Braun hit a two-out single in the first to run his hitting streak to 20 games, bringing him more than halfway to topping Paul Molitor’s team record of 39.
Tigers 5, Mets 2 - Justin Verlander slowed down the rampaging Mets, pitching seven solid innings to lead host Detroit.
The Mets had scored a team-record 52 runs in their previous four games, including 30 in the first two of this series. Verlander (11-3) prevented a sweep, holding New York to one run and seven hits. He finished June with a 6-0 record and a 0.92 ERA.
Marlins 5, Athletics 4 - Chris Volstad allowed one unearned run in seven innings and John Buck hit a two-run double to help Florida cap a miserable month by beating host Oakland.
The Marlins had won just three of their first 26 games in June before strong starts by Ricky Nolasco and Volstad (4-7) gave them their first consecutive victories and first series win since sweeping the Giants May 24-26.
Nothing went right for the Marlins in between their two trips to the Bay Area as they fell from second place to last. Manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned during a stretch that included 14 straight losses in one-run games.
White Sox 6, Rockies 4 - Light-hitting Juan Pierre laced a tiebreaking, two-run single off the wall in the 10th inning, helping Chicago rally over Colorado in Denver.
With the bases loaded, Pierre, who’s known for his speed more than his power, turned on a pitch from Clayton Mortensen (2-4) that hit off the top of the wall in right.
The ball was hit so hard and on such a line that the runners held up on the bases, limiting Pierre to a single. A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham scored on the play as the White Sox took two of three from the Rockies.
Astros 7, Rangers 0 - Jason Michaels homered and drove in three runs and Wandy Rodriguez (6-4) and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as Houston snapped an eight-game home losing streak with a victory over Texas.
Carlos Lee homered for the second straight day in the fourth inning and Chris Johnson drove in two runs in Houston’s four-run fifth as the Astros won at Minute Maid Park for the first time since June 13.
Pirates 6, Blue Jays 2 - Jeff Karstens capped a brilliant June with another strong start, Brandon Wood hit a two-run homer, and Pittsburgh won its first interleague road series since 2003.
Karstens (6-4) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, improving to 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA in six June starts. He walked one and struck out two.
Cardinals 9, Orioles 6 - Lance Berkman homered twice, Jon Jay hit a three-run shot, and St. Louis completed a three-game sweep at Baltimore.
The Cardinals never trailed in the series and outscored the Orioles, 20-9. In the finale, St. Louis built an 8-0 lead in the fourth inning and coasted to its fourth win in nine games since slugger Albert Pujols went on the disabled list with a fractured wrist.
Cubs 5, Giants 2 - Geovany Soto hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run 13th inning, sending host Chicago to a wild victory over San Francisco.
Soto’s drive finished off an eventful day for the Cubs. Carlos Zambrano left in the second inning because of soreness in his lower back, then Aramis Ramirez hit a tying home run in the ninth off San Francisco closer Brian Wilson.