When Sabathia left after throwing 118 pitches, he got a roar from the fans who saw yet another daytime win. The Yankees are 23-4 in the afternoon.
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 extended his hitting streak to 20 games, bringing him more than halfway to topping Paul Molitor’s team record of 39.
The Phillies got a scare when lefty Cole Hamels was forced to leave soon after being struck on the glove hand by Adrian Gonzalez’s line drive in the fourth. The Phillies said X-rays were negative and Hamels will make his next start.
The three-game series was hyped as a potential World Series preview. If it is, don’t look for much offense in October: Philadelphia outscored the Red Sox 9-6.
Lester (10-4) struck out Raul Ibanez with two runners aboard with his 120th pitch to end a game-tying threat in the seventh. Dustin Pedroia and Varitek hit back-to-back homers in the eighth to make it 5-0.
Ryan Howard hit his 17th homer in the ninth, a two-run shot off Bobby Jenks. Jonathan Papelbon got two outs for his 15th save.
Marlins 5, Athletics 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Chris Volstad allowed one unearned run in seven innings and John Buck hit a two-run double to help the Florida Marlins cap a miserable June by beating the Oakland Athletics for their first back-to-back wins in more than a month.
The Marlins had won just three of their first 26 games in June before the strong starts by Ricky Nolasco and Volstad (4-7) gave them their first consecutive victories and first series win since sweeping the Giants across the bay in San Francisco on May 24-26.
Oakland also traded its longest tenured player before the game, dealing second baseman Mark Ellis to Colorado for two minor leaguers.View Entire Story
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