Carlos Beltran continued his recent tear by highlighting a
five-RBI night with a sixth-inning grand slam and spot starter Esmil
Rogers gave the Yankees five effective innings in a 10-6 victory
over the Cleveland Indians.
Shortstop Derek Jeter tied Hall of Famer Honus Wagner for sixth
place on the career hits list with an infield single in New York's
five-run first against Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer (4-7).
After Jeter's 3,430th hit, Beltran began his big night with a
"When you have opportunities to score early in the game, the first
couple of innings, you have a good chance to win," Beltran said. "We
put good at-bats together and scored five."
Rogers worked comfortably with the four-run lead as he became the
12th different starter to be used by the Yankees. He was one of six
players acquired by the Yankees from July 6 to July 31. Filling in
for injured right-hander David Phelps, he allowed a run and four
hits while throwing 87 pitches.
"It was great," Beltran said of Rogers. "I think having him on the
ballclub, he has a great arm."
Rogers also pitched in New York's second game in the last 19 decided
by more than two runs and that was due to Beltran, who is batting
.359 (28-for-78) with five home runs and 17 RBI in his last 20 games
since July 18.
Beltran factored into New York's second five-run inning of the night
by sending a 1-2 curveball from John Axford into the right-center
field seats. Beltran had been 1-for-7 against Axford, who faced him
after Jeter sacrificed runners to second and third and after center
fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was intentionally walked.
It was Beltran's 11th career grand slam and first since May 8, 2012,
for St. Louis against Arizona's Ian Kennedy. It also came right
before catcher Brian McCann was lifted from the game with a mild
concussion after taking a foul ball off the mask in the third
"For sure you want to do well," Beltran said. "At least get the job
done. I faced Axford many times in the National League. I have maybe
one hit against him and they felt like it was the right matchup. I
was able to put a good at-bat together and contribute."
Beltran helped the Yankees reach double digits in runs for the
fourth time this season and first time at home since Aug. 14 against
the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but in an oddity he was the only
starter with a multi-hit game. The Yankees also capitalized on two
Cleveland errors and drew seven walks.
"It's a great feeling when you can contribute to a win," Beltran
Beltran's home run gave the Yankees a 9-2 lead, but they struggled
to protect it as David Huff and Shawn Kelley allowed five runs in
the sixth and seventh. Adam Warren struck out Chris Dickerson for
the final out of the seventh, Rich Hill got an inning-ending double
play in the eighth and Dellin Betances struck out former Yankee Nick
Swisher with the tying run on deck to end it.
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"It was nice, but it got interesting again," New York manager Joe Girardi
said. "It was great for our pitchers because they're not always going to
First baseman Carlos Santana drove in three runs for the Indians
(57-59), who were attempting to reach .500 for the 17th time this
season. Swisher added an RBI single for Cleveland, which increased its
league-leading total to 91 errors.
"That is a hard way to play," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.
"You lose all ability to match up and you know that you are probably
going to have to leave somebody in longer than you would like to, but
not playing is not an option you have to keep playing that is just the
way you are supposed to do it, but it is a tough hole to dig out of."
Bauer dropped his third straight start while throwing 44 of his 79
pitches in the first inning. He allowed five runs and six hits in 3 1/3
The Indians took a 1-0 lead on Santana's two-out RBI single in the
first, but the Yankees came back with a five-run inning.
They sent 10 men to the plate and capitalized on shoddy Cleveland
defense to take a 5-1 lead as seven straight hitters were not retired by
Bauer. Jeter started it with an infield single on a tough play that
required shortstop Jose Ramirez to make a throw on the run while doing a
spin move that moved him past Wagner.
NOTES: New York 1B Mark Teixeira missed his second straight game with an
injured left pinkie and his 31st overall this season. He remains day to
day and did not take batting practice, though he took swings off a tee.
... Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (right elbow) had his fourth throwing
session without incident and second at distances of 60 to 90 feet. ...
The Yankees recalled RHP Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated RHP Matt Daley for assignment. ...
Cleveland C Yan Gomes had the night off. He has a 13-game hitting
streak, which is the second longest on the team this season. ... Indians
CF Michael Bourn played his second game for Double-A Akron on Friday
after playing seven innings on Thursday.
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