CHICAGO -- An opposing team's scout wasn't impressed with the pitcher the Cubs sent to the mound Friday afternoon.
"He couldn't dent your car standing next to it," he said of lefthander Doug Davis.
But Davis, with a fastball that appears to collapse from fatigue when it reaches the plate, was more than the Yankees could handle, pitching the Cubs to a 3-1 victory in front of a vocal sellout of 42,219 at Wrigley Field.
The 35-year-old Davis, who came in 0-5 with a 5.90 ERA, shut out the Yankees (39-29) for seven innings.
Davis, facing the Yankees for the first time since 2007, left to a standing ovation from the largest Wrigley Field crowd of the season after allowing Nick Swisher's one-out double off the top of the leftfield wall in the eighth. Davis would end up being charged with a run as Swisher scored on Mark Teixeira's two-out single off lefty Sean Marshall, cutting the Yankees' deficit to 3-1.
"You're just not going to face a lot of guys like him," said Teixeira, 0-for-2 with a walk against Davis, who picked up his first victory since last May when he was with the Brewers. "There's no pattern. You don't really know where the ball's going to go."
Davis, his fastball only occasionally reaching 85 mph, allowed one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four and didn't allow a hit until Robinson Cano's two-out single in the fourth.
"Velocity is not the most important thing, location is the most important thing in this game, and movement," Joe Girardi said. "That's what (Davis) did. he lived on the edges with an assortment of pitches."
Alex Rodriguez, 0-for-3 against Davis before striking out against Carlos Marmol with two outs and a runner on in the eighth, compared facing Davis to a knuckleballer.
"He's one of those guys you have to really center the ball and we didn't do that today," A-Rod said.
The Yankees put two on in the ninth against Marmol but he struck out pinch hitter Chris Dickerson to end it for his 14th save.
The Cubs (29-40) had Freddy Garcia (5-6, 3.63) centered up early though the righthander, similar to Davis in that he depends on a myriad of pitches he locates rather than throws with power, overcame a rough beginning. He allowed two runs in the first and one in the third, and that was it as he lasted seven innings.
"I started slow, they were sitting on my breaking pitch and slider," said Garcia, who retired 14 of his final 15 batters. "After the second I started throwing my sinker more and settled down."
Garcia was the victim of some bad luck in the first. He walked leadoff man Kosuke Fukudome, bringing 21-year-old shortstop phenom Starlin Castro to the plate. Castro sent a liner to center that resulted in three Yankees miscues. Curtis Granderson misread the ball off the bat and compounded the mistake by letting the ball get past him and into the centerfield ivy. His relay came in to shortstop Eduardo Nunez who, if he threw home, would have had a play on Fukodome. Nunez instead threw to cutoff man Teixeira near the mound and Fukodome scored to make it 1-0. Aramis Ramirez's single to right brought in Castro to make it 2-0.
"It kind of stayed up longer than I thought it would," Granderson said. "Once I got to it, I was a little bit in between and it ended up shooting past me."
Castro doubled and scored in the third for a 3-0 Cubs' lead.
"Definitely a great stadium, great atmosphere," Rodriguez said of the sunny, 67-degree afternoon for the Yankees' first visit here since 2003. "And a perfect day for the Cubs."