Yankees Beat Rangers, Stay Alive in ALCS

CC-SabathiaSilenced the last two games, the Yankees hitters finally found their targets in the early innings of Game 5, then CC Sabathia struck out seven in six innings to help New York bring the ALCS back to Texas with a 7-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday.

Jorge Posada singled and scored in a three-run second inning to give the Yankees the early lead, then Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano hit consecutive homers in the third inning against Rangers starter C.J. Wilson, as the New York offense provided enough cushion for Sabathia. Kerry Wood took over in the seventh inning with New York leading 6-2, fanning three Rangers before giving the mound to Mariano Rivera for the clean-up.

The series will move back to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where Texas has won only once in this year’s postseason–a 7-2 Game 2 defeat of the Yankees. Starting for the Rangers on Friday is Colby Lewis, who, incidentally, was responsible for Texas’ lone home postseason win. Lewis will square off anew against Phil Hughes, as the Rangers try to reach the World Series for the first time in their 50-year existence.