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SAN DIEGO (AP) - If this is Everth Cabrera's last weekend of the season, he's heading out on a strong note.

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Cabrera, facing a 50-game suspension in baseball's latest drug scandal, tied his career high with four hits and Logan Forsythe hit one of San Diego's three solo homers to lead the Padres to a 7-2 victory over CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Cabrera, the Padres' All-Star shortstop, is among 14 players facing discipline. Monday appears to be the deadline for the players to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.

``I can't say anything about that,'' Cabrera said.

Cabrera had an RBI triple among his hits and scored a run.

``That kind of game with four hits is special because we won the game,'' he said. ``We have been better the last two weeks, competing a lot and everyone puts something to help the team to win the games. We have to keep doing this.''

The Yankees are playing for the first time at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. Prior to that, they took two of three against the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium from June 21-23, 2002. The Yankees also wrapped up their 1998 World Series sweep of the Padres at Qualcomm with victories in Games 3 and 4.

Andrew Cashner (8-5) held the Yankees to two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked none.

``There were a lot of Yankees fans and Padres fans,'' Cashner said. ``It was electric from the first pitch.''

Sabathia (9-10) is 0-4 in his last five starts. The left-hander allowed five runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked three. It's the second-longest losing streak of his career, behind a five-game skid from July 6-30, 2005, while with Cleveland.

The Yankees are fourth in the AL East, 8 1/2 games behind Boston, and are four games back in the wild-card race.

``It obviously makes it more difficult,'' manager Joe Girardi said. ``That's the bottom line. We need him to be CC if we're going to make a run.''

Sabathia agreed.

``I'm not saying that I'm better than anybody else, but I feel like I need to be strong,'' he said. ``We're battling, and I'm not helping us. I've expressed that. We've been through a lot this year. And me not being able to help is killing us.''

Forsythe's homer to left on a changeup from Sabathia put the Padres ahead 3-2 with one out in the fourth. It was his fourth.

With two outs, a brain cramp by Sabathia led to another Padres run. Sabathia didn't cover first on Cashner's grounder to first baseman Lyle Overbay, allowing him to reach on a single. Cabrera then tripled to center field to bring in Cashner and make it 4-2.

Chris Denorfia singled with two outs in the sixth to chase Sabathia. The hit scored Nick Hundley, who drew a one-out walk and advanced on Cabrera's single to center.

``The key today was our ability to lay off the low pitch,'' Padres manager Bud Black said. ``Going in we wanted CC to get the ball up, especially the slider. And we laid off a lot of borderline low pitches. We had some very good opposite-field swings that resulted in singles. We put the pressure on him.''

Rookie Jedd Gyorko homered to straightaway center off Joba Chamberlain with one out in the seventh, his ninth. It was Gyorko's sixth hit in 54 at_bats in 14 games since coming off the disabled list on July 12.

Will Venable homered to right off Adam Warren with two outs in the eighth, his 13th.

Sabathia was shaky from the start, allowing two singles and walking two in the first inning as San Diego took a 2-0 lead. Sabathia walked Jesus Guzman on four pitches to load the bases with one out and then walked Yonder Alonso on a 3-2 pitch to bring in Cabrera with the first run. Cabrera was aboard on a leadoff single. Gyorko's groundout brought in Chase Headley to make it 2-0.

The Yankees tied it in the second. Ichiro Suzuki hit a leadoff single, stole second and scored on Eduardo Nunez's double down the right-field line. Nunez advanced on Chris Stewart's groundout and scored on Sabathia's groundout.

NOTES: Former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman presented retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a beach cruiser at home plate. Rivera has been honored around the big leagues this year. ``I'm humbled. I definitely appreciate it,'' Rivera said before the game. The Padres also gave a beach cruiser to each member of Rivera's family. ... Rivera and Hoffman are 1-2 on the career saves list. Rivera has 642 saves and Hoffman has 601. ... Rivera had three saves during the Yankees' sweep of the Padres in the 1998 World Series, including a four-out save in the clincher at Qualcomm Stadium. ... Graig Nettles and Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, who each played for the Padres and Yankees, threw the ceremonial first pitches. ... Yankees OF Curtis Granderson was activated from his second stint on the DL this season. He started in LF and batted fifth. ... Cabrera has had four hits four times previously, most recently on May 15 at Baltimore.

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