Despite allowing four runs in six innings, C. C. Sabathia received enough offensive support to earn the win in Game 1 against the Minnesota Twins. Sabathia gave up three walks and five hits, including a home run to Twins’ first baseman Michael Cuddyer, but received three shutout innings from the Yankee bullpen to secure the victory.
All of the Yankees’ runs came in the sixth and seventh innings, led by 2 RBI performances by Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.
Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano pitched five scoreless innings before being tagged for four runs in the sixth. The Twins tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, but reliever Jesse Crain surrendered three hits and two runs while only retiring one batter in the seventh to give New York a 6-4 lead.
Mariano Rivera earned a four-out save to close the game.
Game 2 will be played Thursday at 6:00 pm Eastern at Target Field.
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http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2010_10_06_nyamlb_minmlb_1 “NY Yankees vs Minnesota ‘” October 6, 2010″ MLB.com. Retrieved October 7, 2010.