C.C. 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 on 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 on Wednesday night, in which Pineda was ejected in the second inning for having pine tar on his neck.
TIGERS 7, WHITE SOX 4
In Detroit, Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs and Max Scherzer struck out 10 as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Thursday.
Cabrera hit a pair of two-out singles for his RBIs. Rajai Davis homered, doubled, singled and drove in two runs.
Scherzer (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings.
Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his fourth save in six tries. He got the final two outs on a strikeout, where Jose Abreu was called for interfering with catcher Bryan Holaday’s throw to second base on a stolen-base attempt.
Jose Quintana (1-1) allowed three runs in six innings.
In other play, it was:
‧ Twins 9, Rays 7
‧ Indians 5, Royals 1
‧ Orioles 11, Blue Jays 4
‧ Athletics 10, Astros 1
AP, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after two Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting Tony Cingrani and the Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Thursday.
The Reds won for the seventh time in nine games and reached .500 at 11-11.
The Pirates have lost six of seven, scoring a total of 22 runs in that span.
Cingrani (2-2) allowed one run and six hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Ludwick’s double in the sixth drove in Joey Votto and Todd Frazier. Both of them were plunked by rookie Brandon Cumpton (0-1), promoted from Triple-A earlier in the day.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, CUBS 2
In Chicago, Mike Bolsinger earned his first major-league win, pitching into the seventh inning and hitting an RBI single as the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs.
Bolsinger (1-1) allowed one unearned run and four hits in 6-2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Miguel Montero drove in two runs as the Diamondbacks won consecutive games for only the second time this season.
Edwin Jackson (1-2) pitched seven innings.
He retired 17 of 18 batters after Bolsinger’s run-scoring single in the second.
In other play, it was:
‧ Padres 4, Nationals 3, 12 innings
‧ Phillies 7, Dodgers 3