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Sabathia finally keeps pace with rotation mates

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Despite a 2-1 record and a 3.86 ERA in his last three starts, CC Sabathia wasn't happy with his work this month. The left-hander had allowed 25 hits and five walks in 21 innings, taking the only loss a New York Yankees starter has suffered in June.

Sabathia delivered a vintage performance Monday, throwing a complete game in the Yankees' 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves, New York's 10th consecutive win.

The other four members of the Yankees' rotation had combined to go 10-0 with a 1.49 ERA in June, making Sabathia the least-effective starter on the club this month.

"You don't think about it when you're out there, but you don't want to be that guy," Sabathia said. "You're watching everybody have good starts. We all pull for each other, and push each other, so you don't want to be the guy to mess that up."

Sabathia fell behind 2-0 after giving up a run in the first and another in the fifth, but the Yankees handed him a lead with a three-run fifth, then added runs in each of the next three frames to pad the lead.

Sabathia retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced after being handed the lead, recording a total of 13 groundball outs, as his sinker was effective all game.

"I thought he had his sinker tonight," manager Joe Girardi said. "He got a lot of groundball outs tonight, and that's key for him. Through his, what we would call struggles -- most guys would probably be happy with what he's doing -- he hasn't had a consistent sinker, and I thought tonight it's been as consistent as its been."

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