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Sabathia fans 10, needs season-high 128 pitches to solve Red Sox and give Yankees 5-2 win
BOSTON (AP) ' CC Sabathia snapped out of his Red Sox funk, striking out 10 in six innings to beat Boston for the first time in five tries this season and lead the New York Yankees to a 5-2 victory on Tuesday night.
The win was the Yankees' third in 13 games against their AL East rival this season. Boston still leads the division by one-half game.
Sabathia (18-7) had been dominant against the rest of baseball this year, but 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against the Red Sox. He threw a season-high 128 pitches, allowing two runs on 10 hits and two walks.
John Lackey (12-10) allowed five runs ' four earned ' on seven hits and four walks, striking out three. Nick Swisher had three hits, and Francisco Cervelli hit a solo homer in the fifth.
Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 35th save.