Yankees hold off Halos
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - CC Sabathia lived up to his role as the New York Yankees' stopper with eight-plus stellar innings, and the Bronx Bombers held off a furious comeback bid from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to record a 6-5 win and salvage the finale of a three-game series.
Sabathia (7-5) yielded five hits while striking out six and taking a shutout into the ninth before allowing a pair of baserunners that eventually scored. The ace lefty improved to 10-2 in 14 starts following a Yankees loss since the beginning of the 2012 season, though he was forced to sweat out the victory after the Angels nearly erased a 6-0 deficit with five runs in their final at-bat.
Mariano Rivera was charged with one of those runs while surrendering three hits after entering with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but struck out Albert Pujols with the bases loaded to preserve the win in the retiring closer's final scheduled appearance at Angel Stadium.
The Yankees' offense also came alive to help snap the club's five-game skid, tied for its longest of the season. Travis Hafner broke out of an 0-for-23 slump with a three-run homer off Jered Weaver during a five-run third inning, Jayson Nix went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and Brett Gardner contributed two hits along with a run scored.
New York had managed just eight runs over its last four defeats, which included an 18-inning setback at Oakland on Thursday.
Weaver (1-3) lasted six innings, permitting seven hits and four walks while striking out six and allowing five runs.
Alberto Callaspo came through with a two-run single during the Angels' late rally, while Peter Bourjos finished 2-for-5 with an RBI in defeat.
06/16 18:44:32 ET