Kearns Leads Tribe In Come From Behind Win; Indians 6, Yankees 3
Austin Kearns issued the punishing blow for the Cleveland Indians, as they came from behind to defeat the New York Yankees, 6-3. Josh Tomlin pitched seven innings allowing only two runs to earn his tenth victory of the season for the Tribe. Tomlin retired 18 consecutive Yankees at one point of the game.
Tomlin was the story early, throwing a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but as has been the story for much of the last two months, the Indians could not muster any run support. Mark Teixeira broke up the no-hit bid, then Robinson Cano followed with an infield hit before Nick Swisher lined an opposite field double to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. With only two hits through six innings, the Indians offense looked to be over-matched by A.J. Burnett.
In the bottom of the seventh the Indians answered right back. After walks by Grady Sizemore and Lonnie Chisenhall, Shelley Duncan singled to right field to score Sizemore and set the stage for Kearns, who took a fastball over the right field wall for a three run home run and 4-2 lead.
Tony Sipp and Vinnie Pestano worked the eighth inning, with Pestano allowing a solo home run to Curtis Granderson. Carlos Santana answered right back in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run home run to complete the scoring. Chris Perez worked a clean ninth inning to earn the save.
The story of the game was Austin Kearns, however. Kearns, who has been chastised by many for his lack of production and his $1.3 million salary, finally hit his first home run of the season. Kearns’ three RBI game gives him only five runs batted in for the season and raises his average to .200. Despite the criticism, the Indians coaching staff and front office have stood by Kearns. This home run would most likely buy him more time before the dreaded, designated for assignment tag would be placed on his locker.
Tuesday’s game features a bit of the past versus the present in Indians aces, as C.C. Sabathia (11-4, 3.05) takes the mound for the Yankees and young, Carlos Carrasco (8-4, 3.54) will toe the rubber for the Tribe.