Yankees, Ellsbury outscore Indians

Published 11:56 pm Sunday, July 10, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer and the New York Yankees overcame a shaky outing by Masahiro Tanaka to beat the Cleveland Indians 11-7 on Sunday.

New York scored four runs in the second and six in the fifth, moving to .500 (44-44) going into the All-Star break. The Yankees won three of four from the AL Central-leading Indians.

Tanaka took an 11-1 lead into the fifth, but was charged with seven runs (three earned) and fell one out short of qualifying for his seventh win. The right-hander was pulled after Tyler Naquin’s two-run homer capped a six-run rally.

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Nathan Eovaldi (7-6), demoted to the bullpen last week, allowed one hit over the final 4 1/3 innings for his first career win in relief. Dellin Betances warmed up in the ninth while Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman were unavailable after Saturday’s 7-6 win in 11 innings.

The fifth inning featured 12 runs and 11 hits, lasting 46 minutes.

Carlos Carrasco (5-3) allowed five runs — one earned — in 3 2/3 innings. Cleveland, which is 3-6 since a franchise-record, 14-game winning streak, committed three errors, leading to eight unearned runs.

Ellsbury, who angrily objected to a strike call by plate umpire Ramon DeJesus on the previous pitch, homered to right-center in the second to start New York’s big offensive day.

Errors by first baseman Carlos Santana and third baseman Jose Ramirez made four of the runs Carrasco gave up unearned. Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall failed to come up with a catchable fly ball in New York’s big inning and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor committed a throwing error in the fifth.

Starlin Castro started the second with a double. With one out, Santana failed to catch Lindor’s throw on a grounder hit by Rob Refsnyder. The ball rolled to the stands, scoring Castro.

Chisenhall got a glove on Austin Romine’s fly ball to the warning track, but couldn’t hold on. Romine was given a double, putting runners at second and third.

Ellsbury headed to first on a 3-1 pitch, which DeJesus called a strike. Ellsbury argued the call to the point where manager Joe Girardi came out of the dugout before his center fielder calmed down. Ellsbury homered on the next pitch.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius’ throwing error in the fifth made four of the runs Tanaka allowed unearned.


Indians: OF Michael Brantley, who has missed of the season with a sore right shoulder, will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday.


Indians: Carrasco will start the first game after the break in Minnesota on Friday.