NEW YORK — The Yankees' day started with Alex Rodriguez writhing on the ground in pain.
Once the game began, everything went fine.
CC Sabathia outpitched John Lackey, Ramiro Pena drove in two runs while subbing for the injured Rodriguez and New York stopped its mini-slide Saturday with a 5-2 win over the Red Sox.
"It's what we needed. CC stepped up for us," manager Joe Girardi said.
Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead single in the fifth inning for the Yankees, who had lost four of five. New York moved to 11/2 games in front of the second-place Rays in the AL East.
Sabathia (14-5) shook off an early homer by Victor Martinez and matched Tampa Bay's David Price for the AL wins lead.
Pitching two days after the birth of his fourth child, Carter Charles, Sabathia earned his 150th career victory. He went eight innings and improved to 13-0 in 18 starts at Yankee Stadium since the 2009 All-Star break.
"It's been an exciting week," Sabathia said.