Sabathia silences Red Sox as Yankees blank Boston 3-0 in Game 1

BOSTON — The Yankees have done the unthinkable.

It took more than a month, but the Bombers finally put together back-to-back wins.

CC Sabathia pitched six shutout innings, and the Yankees blanked the Red Sox 3-0 on Sunday afternoon in Game 1 of their day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park.

The Bombers had not won consecutive games since June 11-12. They are 2.5 games back of Boston in the AL East heading into Game 2.

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Sabathia walked five in his 97-pitch outing but allowed just two hits and struck out three. The Yankees desperately needed length given that their bullpen was so taxed from Saturday’s 16-inning marathon. Their 36-year-old lefty delivered just that.

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CC Sabathia continued his dominance over the Red Sox this season, tossing six scoreless on Sunday.

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Sabathia has pitched 14 scoreless frames against Boston this season. The Red Sox haven’t scored in their last 22 innings dating back to Mitch Moreland’s third-inning sacrifice fly on Saturday.

Tyler Clippard, Chad Green and Aroldis Chapman combined to wrap things up. Chapman threw a scoreless ninth for his first save since June 26.

PLAY OF THE GAME

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The Yankee bats plated enough runs in support of CC Sabathia to win back-to-back games for the first time since early June.

The Yankee bats plated enough runs in support of CC Sabathia to win back-to-back games for the first time since early June.

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Didi Gregorius wrapped one around Pesky’s Pole down the right-field line with two outs in the fifth inning. His 11th homer of the year travelled just 295 feet, due to the odd dimensions of this historic ballpark.

TURNING POINT

Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello only allowed three runs (one earned) in six innings of work, but it was enough to earn the loss.

Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello only allowed three runs (one earned) in six innings of work, but it was enough to earn the loss.

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Xander Bogaerts’ error on what could’ve been a 6-4-3 doubleplay off the bat of Clint Frazier paved the way for a two-run fourth inning. It featured a sacrifice fly from Ji-Man Choi and a two-out RBI single by Ronald Torreyes.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

CC Sabathia, who secured his first win since June 7 in his second start since coming off the disabled list.

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STAT OF THE GAME

CC Sabathia has a 0.64 ERA in his last five road starts.

UNSUNG HERO

Ji-Man Choi went 2-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly.

MIA

Aaron Judge snapped an 0-for-12 start to the second half with a 30-foot infield hit, but he didn’t reach base otherwise.

UP NEXT

Game 2 Sunday at Boston, 8:05 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka (7-8, 5.47 ERA) vs. David Price (4-2, 3.91). Monday at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. ET TBA vs. Adalberto Mejia (4-4, 4.43)

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