Yankees 7, Rangers 4: Derek Jeter had four hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and Alex Rodriguez belted a three-run homer against his former team as visiting New York won its fourth in a row.
Curtis Granderson blooped a two-run single and Robinson Cano joined Jeter and Chris Stewart by scoring twice for the Yankees, who defeated the Rangers for the eighth time in 10 games.
Staked to an offensive explosion, Sabathia (2-0) overcame Josh Hamilton's American League-leading eighth homer to improve to 11-3 in his career versus Texas. The left-hander yielded four runs on seven hits in eight innings.
Mariano Rivera retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his fourth save this season and 607th career.
After Nick Swisher gave New York a 3-1 lead with a sacrifice fly, Rodriguez deposited a fastball from Derek Holland (2-1) over the wall in left-center field for his third homer.
Holland yielded seven runs on nine hits in six innings to drop to 0-5 in his career against New York.
Craig Gentry ripped a two-run double for the Rangers, who fell for just the second time in 10 games.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Texas signed catcher Ivan Rodriguez to a one-day contract so he could retire as a member of the Rangers. He played with the club from 1991 to 2002. ... A-Rod's homer was his 632nd of his career. ... Hamilton's homer was his third in four games. ... Jeter has nine multi-hit games this season. ... Mike Napoli batted fifth in the lineup after Adrian Beltre missed the contest with an ailing hamstring injury. Napoli went 0-for-4.