Sabathia, Yankees win pitching duel

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 13 2015 4:32 p.m. MDT

Tampa Bay pitcher James Shields can't believe his error allowed the winning run.   (Associated Press) Tampa Bay pitcher James Shields can't believe his error allowed the winning run. (Associated Press)

NEW YORK — James Shields and B.J. Upton made bad throwing errors that let Robinson Cano score the only run, sending CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees to a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

A day after Derek Jeter got five hits, including No. 3,000, All-Stars Shields and Sabathia (13-4) staged a classic pitchers' duel, matching zeros until the bottom of the seventh inning.

Cano led off with a single, and Jorge Posada's popup to shallow center was gloved on the run by Upton, who wound up and rocketed a throw well over first baseman Casey Kotchman's head.

Cano moved to third, and took a big lead. Shields (8-7), one of the toughest pitchers to run against in the game, then tried to pick him off. The ball went wide and a stunned and happy Cano trotted home.

Sabathia finished a four-hitter for his 12th career shutout as New York won two of three against AL East-rival Tampa Bay in their final series before the All-Star break.

RANGERS 2, ATHLETICS 0: At Arlington, Texas, Matt Harrison pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning, Adrian Beltre homered in his third consecutive game and the Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-best seven games. Harrison (7-7) struck out seven and walked one in 72?3 innings, and Neftali Feliz completed the six-hitter by working a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 22 chances.

ANGELS 4, MARINERS 2: At Anaheim, Calif., Alberto Callaspo hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, Dan Haren came within one out of his second straight complete game, and the Angels rolled into the All-Star break with their 14th victory in 17 games. Mark Trumbo homered in his third straight game for the Angels, who swept the four-game series and remained one game behind similarly streaking Texas atop the AL West standings.

RED SOX 8, ORIOLES 6: At Boston, Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis homered in the second inning, leading Boston to its sixth consecutive victory. The Red Sox completed a four-game sweep and stayed one game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East, the sixth time in seven seasons that Boston has led the division at the All-Star break.

TIGERS 2, ROYALS 1: At Kansas City, Mo., Justin Verlander became the first Tigers pitcher to earn his 12th win before the All-Star break in 24 years and Detroit climbed past Cleveland into first place in the AL Central. Verlander (12-4) pitched 72?3 strong innings in the sweltering heat to match Jack Morris' win total in 1987.

TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 3: At Chicago, Anthony Swarzak dominated over six innings, and Minnesota won three of four in the series.The Twins head into the All-Star break with nine wins in 12 games. They shook off a 4-3 loss on Saturday that snapped a nine-game winning streak against Chicago dating to last season, getting an RBI single by Drew Butera and run-scoring double by Jason Repko in the fourth before tacking on three more while knocking out Jake Peavy (4-3) in the fifth.

BLUE JAYS 7, INDIANS 1: At Cleveland, Jose Bautista hit a two-run double to help Toronto head to the All-Star break with a three-game winning streak. Brett Cecil (2-4) gave up one unearned run over six innings for his first win in three starts since being recalled from the minors June 30. Eric Thames' two-run homer in a five-run third against Carlos Carrasco (8-6) put the Blue Jays ahead.

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