ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez was part of a New York Yankees power display that helped CC Sabathia finally get a win.
Sabathia won for the first time in more than a year, Rodriguez hit one of New York’s five homers and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 on May 11.
“That’s the story today: It was good to get CC his first win,” Rodriguez said. “I thought he did a lot of good things.”
Sabathia (1-5) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings to stop a nine-start winless streak since a victory over Boston on April 24, 2014. The lefty missed most of last season due to a knee injury.
“I felt pretty good today,” Sabathia said. “I just wanted to stay aggressive.”
Rodriguez put the Yankees up 1-0 on his eighth homer this season and 662nd overall, a long drive to left field in the first.
A-Rod was hit on the upper left arm by Erasmo Ramirez’s pitch in the ninth and advanced to second on defensive indifference. He scored when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer that made it 11-5.
Rodriguez has had some left hamstring tightness and grabbed his leg after reaching second. “It’s a little sore on the last run,” he said. “I think I should be OK.”
Rodriguez has 50 home runs off Tampa Bay pitching in 209 games. He has reached base safely in 11 of 19 plate appearances this year in four road games against the Rays, with three homers, five RBIs and eight runs scored.
The three-time MVP has 1,989 RBIs, three short of tying Babe Ruth for fourth place on the career list since RBIs became an official stat in 1920.
Chase Headley, Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner also homered for the Yankees, who have won all four games this season at Tropicana Field and are 6-1 overall against the Rays.
Logan Forsythe homered and drove in three runs for the Rays.
Headley, in the fourth, and Gardner, in the sixth, each had a three-run shot off Alex Colome (2-1) as the Yankees grabbed an 8-1 lead. Beltran has hit both of his homers in the past two days, including a solo drive May 11.
Headley got his fourth RBI on a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
After Forsythe and Joey Butler hit consecutive solo homers off Sabathia during a three-run seventh, Forsythe cut the Rays’ deficit to 9-5 with an eighth-inning single.
“Sabathia quieted us down basically until it was almost too late,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said.
Colome gave up eight runs and 11 hits over six innings.
The game ended when Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius caught Tim Beckham’s pop fly off an overhanging catwalk in shallow left field. He joined a small group that includes Omar Vizquel to make that sort of play.
The announced crowd of 10,619 was the smallest for a Rays home game against the Yankees.