Brantley homers, drives in 3; Indians beat Yankees
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 12:00 AM
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley homered and had three RBIs, Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead two-run shot and the Cleveland Indians stopped rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka’s bid to become the major league’s first 13-game winner Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.
Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley hits an RBI-double off New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Cleveland. Jason Kipnis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the seventh. The first-time All-Star also had RBI doubles in the first and fifth, raising his average to .328.
Tanaka (12-4) allowed season worsts of five runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander, who lost for the third time in four starts, took a 3-2 lead into the sixth before Swisher, a former Yankee, hit a two-run homer that put Cleveland on top.
Trevor Bauer (3-4) allowed three runs in seven innings and retired 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced. New York’s only baserunner in that stretch came on Swisher’s fifth-inning error. Bauer struck out six and walked two in winning for the first time since June 16.
Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
The Yankees were held to four hits, none coming after Brian McCann had a one-out single in the third.
The Indians committed three errors, giving them a major league-high 75 for the season.
Swisher heard boos from the crowd earlier in the game after going 0 for 2 and having a routine groundball go through his legs.
Tanaka allowed a run in a 25-pitch first inning and gave up two hits in the second. He retired seven straight before allowing a run in the fifth when Brantley had a two-out double after Chris Dickerson led off with a single.
Tanaka struck out five and walked one.
New York scored twice in the first on Mark Teixeria’s RBI single and a throwing error by catcher Yan Gomes. Brett Gardner added a run-scoring groundout in the second.
Jason Kipnis started the first with a single, stole second and scored when Brantley doubled to right. Brantley leads the Indians with 14 homers and 60 RBIs.
Gardner walked to start the game and moved to second on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single. Dickerson attempted a diving catch of Teixeria’s bloop hit, but the ball deflected off his glove and rolled toward center, allowing Gardner to score.
New York pulled a double steal when McCann struck out swinging. Gomes’ throw to second went into center field and Ellsbury scored. Teixeria’s stolen base was his first of the season.
NOTES: RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-10) will make his Yankees debut Wednesday night. He was acquired from Arizona on Sunday. “It’s the Yankees,” he said. “It’s a team that’s in contention. It’s a team that’s known for winning, there’s really no other answer than it’s just the Yankees.” … The Indians recalled C Roberto Perez and LHP Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus. … Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (soreness behind right knee) was out of the lineup for the second straight game. … Yankees manager Joe Girardi said RHP Shane Greene, who recorded his first major league win Monday, will start Saturday against Baltimore. … RHP Josh Tomlin (5-6) starts for the Indians on Wednesday.