TAMPA, Fla. -- CC Sabathia surrendered four runs, including a Brandon Barnes solo homer, in his final tuneup before Opening Day as the Astros and Yankees played to a 4-4 tie in 10 innings on Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Houston touched Sabathia for a three-run first inning, as Chris Carter, Justin Maxwell and Carlos Corporan picked up RBIs in the frame. Barnes connected for his fifth home run of the spring off Sabathia in the fourth inning.
In line to make his fifth Opening Day start in a Yankees uniform and 10th overall on April 1 at Yankee Stadium, Sabathia allowed six hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out four. The left-hander finished the Grapefruit League slate with a 5.40 ERA over 10 innings.
Astros right-hander Brad Peacock limited New York to a run on two hits over five innings, walking two and striking out one in his third start and seventh appearance of the spring as he continues to compete for a spot in Houston's rotation.
Brett Gardner drove home Eduardo Nunez with a two-out triple off Peacock in the fifth inning. Kevin Youkilis added a run-scoring double off Wesley Wright in the sixth inning, marking Youkilis' team-leading 13th RBI of the spring.
The contest marked the Yankees debut for Vernon Wells, who was officially acquired from the Angels on Tuesday in exchange for two Minor Leaguers. Wells started in left field and batted sixth, going 0-for-3 with an RBI groundout.
Up next: The Astros travel across the state of Florida to meet New York's other team, the Mets, at 5:10 P.M. CT on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie on MLB.TV. Edgar Gonzalez, who's competing for a spot in the bullpen in long relief, will start for Houston. He's appeared in four games this spring, allowing two earned runs in 10 innings.