Saturday, August 9, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched four-hit ball for a superb six innings Saturday and Jose Ramirez hit his first career homer as the Cleveland Indians ended a four-game skid with a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees.
Michael Brantley also homered and had three hits for Cleveland, which won at Yankee Stadium for the first time in eight games. Ramirez hit a two-run drive in the second inning and had three hits.
Derek Jeter had an infield single in the sixth inning to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the career list with No. 3,431. But New York was 0 for 9 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position in losing for just the second time in eight games.
Kluber (13-6) did not allow a hit until Jacoby Ellsbury doubled with one out in the fourth. He struck out 10 to beat New York for the first time in three tries. The right-hander has allowed only one earned run since the ninth inning of a win against Detroit on July 19. He has won five straight decisions.
Scott Atchison, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen each pitched an inning with Allen finishing the five-hitter for his 15th save.
Brandon McCarthy (4-1) lost for the first time in six starts with New York. He received a scare in the third when he took a liner off his right foot but he continued for 6 1-3 innings, yielding two runs and seven hits. McCarthy was hit in the head by a liner in 2012 and looked briefly shaken this time.
Brantley was starting for the second straight game as the designated hitter because manager Terry Francona thought the All-Star outfielder's legs could use a break. He hit a soaring flyball off the right field pole in the eighth inning off Chris Whitely.
Indians: Outfielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring strain) went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in a rehab outing with Double-A Akron. He was hitless in three at-bats Thursday. But Francona is not concerned with Bourn's batting average. He just wants Bourn to see pitches. ... Left fielder David Murphy left after the fifth inning with soreness in the right side.
Yankees: Catcher Brian McCann was placed on the seven-day concussion list. He was hit in the facemask by a foul ball Friday night in the third inning and was feeling foggy when manager Joe Girardi pulled him for a pinch hitter in the sixth. ... First baseman Mark Teixeira missed a third straight game with an injured pinkie. He said it was too sore to play.
Indians: Carlos Carrasco (3-4) will make his first start since April 25 for Cleveland, taking Danny Salazar's spot. Salazar was demoted to the minors last week. Carrasco was 0-3 with a 6.95 in four starts before being relegated to the bullpen. He has a 2.30 ERA in 26 appearances.
Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (7-7) is 14-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 24 day games since joining New York in 2012.