On a night Cleveland was looking for a home run move to put themselves back on the basketball map, the Yankees used the long ball to their advantage.
While Cleveland waits to learn Lebron James’ decision, the Indians continued their four game series with the New York Yankees. Wednesday night the Yankees used three home runs to swing their way back from an early deficit and another in the 14th inning to win the game, 5-4.
Cleveland started the game with an offensive outburst against new Yankee starter, Brandon McCarthy. Jason Kipnis singled to start the bottom of the first inning. After Asdrubal Cabrera flied out, Michael Brantley singled to left field to put a pair on. An errant throw by Mark Teixeira on Carlos Santana’s grounder left the bases loaded with just one out. Lonnie Chisenhall helped the Indians get on the scoreboard when he grounded out to second base. All the base runners moved up a base and the Indians led, 1-0. Nick Swisher remained hot and singled to right field, plating two more runs and the Tribe led 3-0 after one inning.
Teixeira tallied the Yankees first run in the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run to right field. His 16th homer of the season was a solo shot off Indians starter Josh Tomlin and cut the Tribe’s lead to just 3-1.
New York continued their assault on Tomlin in the fifth inning with three more runs, taking a short-lived lead. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and Derek Jeter singled with one out to put runners in scoring position. Brian McCann hit a sacrifice fly to score a run before Teixeira lofted his second run of the game. The two-run shot gave New York a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning.
Cleveland answered right back in the bottom of the fifth inning, however. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled with one out and after Brantley moved him to third base on a ground out, Santana singled to right field to tie the game at four.
McCarthy lasted six and two-third innings, allowing four runs—just one earned—on nine hits, a walk and three strike outs. Tomlin grinded out another acceptable start, giving the Tribe a chance to win. He pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and five strikeouts. Teixeira’s two home runs were the downfall of Tomlin’s effort.
Scott Atchison pitched the eighth inning for Cleveland and Bryan Shaw worked a scoreless ninth inning to keep the game deadlocked. Matt Thornton finished the seventh inning for New York before giving way to Dellin Betances in the eighth inning and Adam Warren in the ninth. Warren worked around a two-out single by Chris Dickerson to hold the Tribe scoreless in the ninth inning and force extra frames.
Cody Allen came on to work the 10th inning and quickly walked Derek Jeter and allowed a single to McCann to put a pair on base with no one out. Allen was able to get Teixeira to fly out to shallow center field for the first out before getting Brian Roberts to ground into a fielder’s choice. It was originally called a double play on the field, but New York’s challenge revealed that Allen’s foot slid off the bag before receiving the return throw from second base. Allen rebounded to strike out Ichiro Suzuki to end the inning, still deadlocked.
The Tribe had a golden opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the 10th inning. After Warren retired Cabrera, David Huff came on in relief and walked Brantley, Santana and Chisenhall to load the bases with just one out. Shawn Kelley came on for New York and struck out Swisher and got David Murphy to ground to shortstop to end the inning.
John Axford worked an inning and one-third, followed by Marc Rzepczynski tossing a pair of frames leading the Tribe into the 14th inning. After Kelly Johnson grounded out to start the 14th inning, Vinnie Pestano (0-1) took over on the mound and promptly gave up a home run to Jacoby Ellsbury. The solo home run was Ellsbury’s sixth of the year and gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
David Robertson closed out the game for New York, earning his 22nd save of the season. Kipnis did single and steal second base with just one out, but Cabrera struck out and Brantley lined to left field to end the game. Chase Whitley (4-2) earned the victory for New York, pitching two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
The Tribe will try to even the four game series in the finale Thursday night. T.J. House (1-2, 4.24) will pitch for Cleveland. The southpaw won his first Major League game in his last start. He’ll be opposed by right-hander David Phelps (3-4, 4.01) of the Yankees.
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