"Whenever you walk seven guys, it's hard to blame something other than yourself," Scherzer said. "But ... I'm on the mound thinking [the third strike was] right there [on Jeter], trying to go into the dugout and get ready for the third."
A-Rod then rolled a run-scoring tapper down the third-base line that Miguel Cabrera couldn't pick up barehanded, which was scored an infield hit.
Granderson provided more wiggle room in the fourth, smashing a deep drive toward the Yankees' bullpen that center fielder Austin Jackson nearly brought back with a spectacular effort.
"When I heard the crowd make the noise that they did, I knew something good happened -- I just didn't know on which side," said Granderson, who has eight homers. "Then the umpire told me it went over the fence."
Robinson Cano added a fifth Yankees run with a sacrifice fly, and by the time Jones cleared the left-field fence with an eighth-inning homer, his third, Sabathia was off and cruising to victory.
"I feel good that our offense is going to give us a chance, if we can just keep it close," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And those guys have done that. Even through their struggles, they've done that."
Prince Fielder crushed a long solo home run into the second deck in right field off Sabathia in the fourth and Miguel Cabrera raked a run-scoring double in the sixth, but otherwise Sabathia was in command. The left-hander walked two and struck out eight.
"You feel pretty good going into that day that he's going to put a good game out there," Girardi said. "We've seen him get increasingly better every time he's gone out, and that's encouraging to us."
It was useful because just one reliever -- Dave Robertson, who pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation -- was needed, a day after the bullpen was forced to patch together 7 1/3 innings of relief behind Freddy Garcia.
"I'm always trying to give the team length, no matter what the situation is," Sabathia said. "Our bullpen has been called on a lot so it just feels good to be able to go out and give those guys a rest."
Sabathia noted that for the second straight start, he has not shaken off a single pitch from backup catcher Chris Stewart, and said that he hopes to continue working with the top-rated defensive backstop for the foreseeable future.
"We've been on the same page. He's been locked in," Sabathia said. "We've been talking in-between starts, before the game. He catches my bullpens. He knows what I have and what I can throw for strikes. It has seemed to work."