CC Sabathia became the 17th pitcher in major-league history and third left-hander to reach 3,000 career strikeouts, but was outpitched by Arizona’s Zack Greinke in the Diamondbacks’ 3-1 win over the Yankees in Phoenix on Tuesday night.
Sabathia arrived in the desert needing three strikeouts to hit 3,000 and got them in the third inning.
The milestone whiff came when he got John Ryan Murphy swinging, sending the Yankees pouring out of the dugout. The crowd roared and continued cheering until the big left-hander tipped his cap before hugging his kids in the front row.
Sabathia became the first pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts since Atlanta’s John Smoltz in 2008, and joined Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton as the lefties to do it.
Wilmer Flores hit a solo homer and an RBI single off Sabathia, who allowed two runs and five hits, and struck out five before being lifted with two on and one out in the sixth inning.
Greinke (5-1) allowed one run on five hits in 7 ⅔ innings. He struck out seven and has 2,481 to move past Jack Morris (2,478) for 38th all-time.
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Angels 4, Blue Jays 3: Brian Goodwin hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning, and Griffin Canning struck out six while pitching into the fifth inning of his major-league debut for Los Angeles.
Brewers 4, Rockies 3: Jesus Aguilar homered again after going deep twice Monday, and host Milwaukee produced late to beat Colorado.
Cubs 6, Mariners 5: Visiting Chicago blew two leads before Kyle Schwarber hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning.
Astros 11, Twins 0: Gerrit Cole allowed one hit in seven innings, and visiting Houston backed him with three homers to beat Minnesota.
Cardinals 3, Nationals 2: Adam Wainwright pitched into the seventh inning, helping himself by kicking the ball over to first for a key out, and St. Louis won in Washington, D.C.
Tigers 3, Phillies 1: Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Niko Goodrum added a two-run homer to lift visiting Detroit over Philadelphia. Cabrera moved into a tie for 68th all-time with 2,705 career hits.
Mets 4, Reds 3: Rookie Pete Alonso hit a game-winning sacrifice fly off Cincinnati closer Raisel Iglesias in the 10th inning, and host New York rebounded from wasting a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning.
Indians 7, Marlins 4: Carlos González hit a tie-breaking three-run homer, only his second extra-base hit of the season, and visiting Cleveland beat Miami, which lost its fourth game in a row and has the worst record in the majors.
Padres 4, Braves 3: Franmil Reyes homered twice and drove in three runs, Eric Hosmer also went deep and rookie Chris Paddack turned in another impressive start (six innings, four hits) as visiting San Diego beat Atlanta.
Pirates 6, Rangers 4: Former Giants farmhand Bryan Reynolds led off the 11th inning with his first career homer and Starling Marte then added a two-run shot as visiting Pittsburgh ended a losing streak at eight games.
Orioles-White Sox, postponed: The game in Chicago was rained out and will be made up in a doubleheader Wednesday starting at 1:10 p.m. PDT.
Rays-Royals, postponed: Tampa Bay’s game in Kansas City was washed out; the teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday starting at 10:15 a.m. PDT.
Briefly: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon hit the injured list with a bruised left elbow after sitting out seven of the Nationals’ previous eight games. … Miami outfielder Lewis Brinson was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, the latest setback for the team’s centerpiece in the Christian Yelich trade. … The Dodgers say center fielder A.J. Pollock might need surgery because of an infection in his surgically repaired right elbow. … The Tigers put pitcher Tyson Ross on the paternity list, activated shortstop Jordy Mercer and put second baseman Josh Harrison on the injured list. … Ichiro Suzuki rejoined the Mariners as a special assistant to the chairman; he’ll be an instructor with the major league club and some of the organization’s players in the minors.
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