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Solarte helps Yankees beat Red Sox 14-5

April 25, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — CC Sabathia provided a lift for the New York Yankees depleted rotation.

First, Ivan Nova decided to have season-ending elbow surgery. Then Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games for using pine tar.

After those developments were announced Thursday, Sabathia went out and threw six solid innings in his second straight strong start to help New York beat the sloppy Boston Red Sox 14-5.

“He’s taken the mindset since spring training he needs to be the ace of this staff,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. “He gave us a great outing.”

He had plenty of help from both teams.

Yangervis Solarte drove in four runs, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and three RBIs and Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the season. Boston’s contributions included five errors, 12 walks — five by knuckleball throwing utilityman Mike Carp in the ninth — three wild pitches and a passed ball. The Red Sox also allowed three stolen bases, all in the third inning.

“The sooner we move past this one the better,” Boston manager John Farrell said.

Sabathia (3-2) struck out eight while allowing two runs on three hits in six innings as the Yankees rebounded from a 5-1 loss Wednesday night in which Pineda was ejected in the second inning for having pine tar on his neck.

The Tigers beat the White Sox 7-4 with Miguel Cabrera driving in three runs and Max Scherzer striking out 10, Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer to help the Twins beat Tampa Bay 9-7 and the Indians had a 5-1 win over the Royals.

In two lopsided AL games, the Orioles beat the Blue Jays 11-4 and the Athletics thrashed the Astros 10-1.

In the National League, the Reds edged the Pirates 2-1 for their seventh win in nine games to reach .500 at 11-11, and the Mets beat the Cardinals 4-1 with Daisuke Matsuzaka finishing with a perfect ninth for his first save since 2000.

The Diamondbacks had a 5-2 win over the Cubs and the Padres edged the Nationals 4-3, with former Nationals outfielder Xavier Nady’s tiebreaking RBI single off Craig Stammen in the top of the 12th inning.

Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking two-run double off Brian Wilson in the ninth inning and Marlon Byrd drove in four runs as the Phillies beat the Dodgers 7-3 in Los Angeles.