CC Sabathia is still winless after two starts in 2012, but the New York Yankees left-hander felt much better about his outing Wednesday night than he did five days earlier.
Sabathia allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings against Baltimore, striking out eight. He got a no-decision, but the Yankees beat the Orioles 6-4 in 10 innings. Sabathia gave up a pair of runs in the second inning, though he might have been out of the frame without any damage if not for his own lapse of judgment.
With runners at first and second and one out, Ronny Paulino hit a comebacker up the middle that Sabathia reached for with his left hand, the ball glancing off his fingers. Instead of a double play that would have ended the inning, the Orioles had the bases loaded and one out, allowing Robert Andino to deliver a two-run single later in the inning.
"I can't tell you how many times I told him, 'Don't grab with your hand,'" manager Joe Girardi said. "It's just instinct. I really believe if he doesn't touch that ball it's a double play."
Sabathia allowed two more runs in the fifth as the Orioles took a 4-3 lead, but the Yankees tied it in the top of the seventh before Sabathia was lifted in the bottom of the inning. He said he felt much better with his tempo and rhythm, though he was trying to be too fine with some pitches early.
"My cutter was pretty good, I threw some changeups good late," Sabathia said. "I felt a lot better than I did in my first start."