Yankees cling to the top with Sabathia’s jewel against Red Sox

CC Sabathia won his fifth consecutive win by beating Rick Porcello in a Cy Young winners’ duel, and the New York Yankees swept the Boston Red Sox 8-0 on Wednesday.

Chris Carter drove in four runs, including three through a home run and one through a single.

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The last time Sabathia (7-2) won five consecutive starts was in April 2012. He allowed five hits in eight innings, his longest opening since April 2015. He did not give walks and struck out five, four of them without Throw him
The left-hander has a 1.11 ERA during his streak, and his five wins have been after defeats by Masahiro Tanaka, who replaced Sabathia as ace in the New York rotation. Sabathia left the game after 95 pitches, and was unable to complete his first shutout since 2011.

Jonathan Holder finished the game with a perfect ninth. The Yankees withdrew in order to the last 15 batters of Boston.

Porcello (3-8) lost his third opening in a row. He received six runs – five clean – as well as eight hits in six and one-third innings.

By the Yankees, the Dominicans Gary Sanchez of 4-1 with one produced and one annotated; Starlin Castro of 4-2 with an annotated one.

For the Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez of 4-0 and Venezuelan Sandy Leon of 3-0.69

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