These were Joe Girardi’s words pregame: “This is going to be a complete team effort if we’re going to get to where we want to go in October. … If the (starting pitcher) doesn’t have it that night, we’ve really got to pick them up offensively.” It was definitely one of those pick-them-up games tonight. After CC Sabathia struggled — again — the Yankees lineup answered for an 8-5 win that pulled the Yankees within a half game of the Orioles and kept them in the hunt for the wild card. After Sabathia blew a lead in the top of the fifth, the Yankees responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Ichiro Suzuki had a go-ahead two-run home run, and Robinson Cano delivered a two-run single for some breathing room. Mark Reynolds doubled in the inning and finished with his second straight three-hit game. Sabathia, meanwhile, failed to pitch out of the sixth and was pulled after just 86 pitches, having already allowed five runs in yet another disappointing start. The bullpen provided 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, capped by Mariano Rivera’s 39th save of the year.
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