NEW YORK (AP) – Carlos Carrasco struck out 11, Carlos Santana homered and the Cleveland Indians stopped the New York Yankees once again, beating the AL East leaders 7-3 Friday night.
The last-place Indians improved to 4-1 against New York this year. A night after a 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium, Cleveland remained the only sub-.500 team in the majors with a winning record on the road.
Carrasco (12-9) outpitched Masahiro Tanaka (9-6), giving up one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Carrasco has permitted just six runs in his last five starts. Soon after he left, the Yankees got close.
Alex Rodriguez bounced an RBI single in the eighth off Zach McAllister that made it 4-2. With two outs, second baseman Jose Ramirez let an easy grounder roll between his legs for an error that produced another run.
Closer Cody Allen retired Stephen Drew on a long fly with the bases loaded to end the inning, protecting a 4-3 lead.
Allen finished for his 25th save in 28 chances. On Friday night, he escaped his own ninth-inning jam for a save.
Michael Brantley hit his second RBI single of the game during a three-run ninth as Cleveland broke away. Santana beat out a double-play relay for the final run.
Santana lined his 14th home run, all left-handed by the switch-hitter, leading off the sixth against Tanaka for a 3-1 lead. The homer came on the first pitch after catcher Brian McCann lunged into the stands for a foul popup, but had the ball glance off his glove – a fan in the front row held up a piece of paper, trying to shield his baby, and that seemed to tangle up McCann.
The Indians took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when backup shortstop Brendan Ryan fumbled Francisco Lindor’s easy chopper over the mound with two outs and runners at the corners.
Indians: Manager Terry Francona says it’s too soon to determine how rookie RHP Cody Anderson (strained left oblique), out since early August, would be used upon his return. Anderson was 2-3 with a 4.31 ERA in eight starts. Francona said Cleveland wouldn’t use a six-man rotation for the entire final month.
Yankees: Pitcher Bryan Mitchell, recovering from a nasal fracture after being hit in the head by a line drive Monday, has done work on the treadmill and is ready to begin playing catch, manager Joe Girardi said. … RHP Michael Pineda (forearm strain) threw 62 pitches for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his second and perhaps final rehab start.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (11-6, 3.16 ERA) aims to beat the Yankees for the second time in 11 days. He pitched into the eighth inning and held them to one run last week at home.
Yankees: Former star catcher Jorge Posada will have his No. 20 retired and be honored with a plaque in Monument Park before Saturday’s game. “This is a kid we all saw grow up in front of us and become a superstar,” Girardi said. Posada took over for Girardi in the late 1990s as the team’s starter behind the plate. … 21-year-old rookie Luis Severino makes his fourth start, trying for his first MLB win. He pitched well in a loss at Cleveland last week.
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