Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Eighth Wonder

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Eighth Wonder

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NEW YORK - CC Sabathia was ready to go nine. But eight was enough, again.

"It's always a goal of mine to go deep into a game," said Sabathia, though the Yankees particularly needed their ace to carry them Thursday night.

The lefty delivered "his best performance of the year, I thought," manager Joe Girardi said after a 5-3 win against the Rays lifted the mood at Yankee Stadium, one night after a stinging and sudden defeat.

In winning his fifth straight start, Sabathia (5-0) went at least eight innings for the fourth straight time - matching his longest career streak.

Sabathia struck out 10 Rays and overcame two errors by third baseman Eduardo Nunez, which led to an early pair of unearned runs. Plus, the cool Yankee bats sprung to life against a difficult opponent in left-hander David Price.

A go-ahead, two-run homer by Robinson Cano in the fifth led the 11-hit attack off Price (5-2), which included Curtis Granderson's 11th homer of the year.

It all helped ease the bullpen's workload and soothe the psyche of David Robertson, who blew the save in Wednesday's 4-1 Rays win. Robertson had tossed 44 pitches in two straight games and was deemed unavailable Thursday by Girardi.

Instead, Rafael Soriano pitched for a third straight night and recorded his first save of the season - yielding a run in the process but never putting the lead in jeopardy.

"Sori's has a track record of [pitching three consecutive games] and being OK," Girardi said of the former Rays closer.

Robertson should be available tonight as the Yankees face Mariners ace "King" Felix Hernandez to open a three-game series.

But Soriano is due for a night off as the Yankees (17-14) juggle life without Mariano Rivera - likely gone for the season because of a torn ACL.

Earlier in the day, Robertson took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the fans' support.

"If Mo has shown me one thing it's how important it is to turn the page," Robertson wrote. …

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