Tribe beats NY to spoil Andy Pettite Day

Published 12:19 am Monday, August 24, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor homered off Dellin Betances in the eighth, Trevor Bauer allowed just two hits in 6 1-3 innings and CC Sabathia exited with an injury as the Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 on Andy Pettitte Day in the Bronx on Sunday.

Carlos Santana homered off Sabathia for the Indians, who have won five of their last six games at Yankee Stadium. Sabathia departed in the third inning with right knee pain.

Lindor’s homer, the rookie’s second blast in two games, came moments after Carlos Beltran hit a game-tying double off reliever Bryan Shaw (2-2) in the seventh.

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Lindor became the first left-handed batter to homer off Betances (6-3), who had faced 302 left-handed hitters without allowing a homer.

Sabathia struggled with his command from the onset, throwing behind the first two batters before Santana’s blast. The homer was Santana’s first against a left-hander this season.

Sabathia allowed four hits and walked a season high four batters.

He struck out Yan Gomes with a 91 MPH fastball for the second out of the third. After the pitch, Sabathia stepped off the mound, visibly unhappy, and was visited by athletic trainer Steve Donohue and manager Joe Girardi, then left the game.

Beltran’s double spoiled a good pitching performance from Bauer, who allowed two runs on two singles. Bauer struck out seven and walked a season-high six, throwing 109 pitches.

The Yankees manufactured their first run of the game in the third with only one hit.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the frame with a single and then stole second. Brett Gardner walked, and after Beltran advanced Ellsbury with a flyout to right field, Gardner stole second, allowing Ellsbury to score when the throw from catcher Gomes skipped away from Lindor.

Gardner’s stolen base was the 200th of his career, making him the sixth Yankee to reach the milestone.

Abraham Almonte drew a bases-loaded walk against Branden Pinder in the fifth.

Prior to the game, the Yankees retired Pettitte’s No. 46 and unveiled a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium one day after doing the same for Jorge Posada and his No. 20.

Cody Allen pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his 25th save, his second four-out save of the series.


Indians: All-Star 2B Jason Kipnis was held out of the starting lineup. “Just a day,” manager Terry Francona said. “We have CC and (Jon) Lester back-to-back days, I don’t want to have (Michael) Brantley and Kip out on the same day.” Kipnis entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth and drew an intentional walk against the right-handed Rumbelow.

Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira (shin) took batting practice before the game but is no closer to returning to the lineup. “Obviously, it’s a good sign that we have him on the field to do some stuff, but it’s still not where it needs to be,” manager Joe Girardi said before the game. “My hope was it was going to be tomorrow. I’m not sure about that now.” . Bryan Mitchell (concussion and nasal fracture) was scheduled to throw a bullpen session . Alex Rodriguez (rest) was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game. “Just trying to give him a couple of days in a row to refresh him,” Girardi said. Rodriguez struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh . Sabathia was scheduled to be examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and undergo an MRI on his injured right knee.


Indians: Cleveland will head to Wrigley Field for a makeup game with the Chicago Cubs. The game was originally scheduled for June 15 but was postponed by rain. Corey Kluber (8-13, 3.52 ERA) gets the start and will be opposed by Lester (8-9, 3.58 ERA).

Yankees: The Yankees welcome the AL West-leading Houston Astros for their only visit of the season. Nathan Eovaldi (13-2, 4.24 ERA) looks to extend his eight-decision winning streak. He’ll be opposed by Scott Feldman (5-5, 4.05).