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New York at Cleveland

New York
W: C. Carrasco (2-3) L: M. Thornton (0-3)
HR: NYY - Z. Wheeler (2)   CLE - R. Perez (1),C. Santana (14)

Indians 9, Yankees 3

CBSSports.com wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Roberto Perez knows how to make a good first impression.

Called up from the minors Tuesday, Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut to help spark a late rally and lead the Cleveland Indians to a 9-3 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday night.

"I still can't believe it," he said. "It was so awesome to be out there."

The Indians scored nine runs in the last two innings. Asdrubal Cabrera's bases-loaded triple and Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly highlighted a four-run seventh that erased a 3-0 deficit.

Brantley, a first-time All-Star this season, added an RBI single in a five-run eighth, when Perez and Carlos Santana homered.

Carlos Carrasco (2-3) pitched a scoreless seventh to help the Indians gain a four-game split.

The 25-year-old Perez, called up from Triple-A Columbus to be Cleveland's backup catcher, singled in the seventh for his first major league hit. His drive to left field in the eighth was originally ruled a double, but the call was changed to a home run after a replay review.

"That was nice," Indians manager Terry Francona. "You just have to take a minute to enjoy that."

Left fielder Chris Dickerson, acquired from Pittsburgh on Monday, was 3 for 4 and enjoyed Perez's home run.

"It's cool being around a kid getting his first major league home run," Dickerson said. "I said to him `Could you hit a more dramatic homer?' "

Perez was batting .305 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 53 games when he got the call to the majors.

"I wasn't nervous going into the game, but I was anxious," he said. "I just tried to put the ball in play."

Perez overcame an obstacle during the game when he broke all of his bats.

"I didn't have any left and Cabrera gave me his," Perez said. "It's a lighter one that I normally use, but the ball went out. I'm going to ask him for some more."

Yankees starter David Phelps took a shutout into the seventh before Dickerson and Perez singled. Jason Kipnis singled off the glove of reliever Matt Thornton (0-3) to load the bases.

Cabrera hit the next pitch into the right-field corner, scoring all three runners and tying the game.

Brantley hit a liner to center field, where Jacoby Ellsbury made a diving catch, but Cabrera tagged up and scored the go-ahead run.

Dickerson is hitting .467 (7 for 15) in four games.

"It's one thing to come in and get settled on a new team, but to come in and start contributing right away, that's a big deal," he said. "I've been in this position before so I know it's important to relax and not try to do too much."

Cleveland starter T.J. House allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings, including Zelous Wheeler's two-run homer in the fourth.

Carrasco, Vinnie Pestano, Kyle Crockett, Scott Atchison and Nick Hagadone combined to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

Derek Jeter, playing his final regular-season game in Cleveland, went 2 for 4 in the 1,000th multihit game of his career.

Ichiro Suzuki had a pinch-hit single in the eighth for his 2,800th major league hit.


The Indians presented Jeter with an electric guitar before the game. The white guitar with blue Yankees pinstripes was inscribed with Jeter's No. 2 and the words, "The Captain." ... Carlos Beltran was placed on the seven-day concussion list before the game. He broke his nose when he was hit in the face by a ball that caromed off the batting cage Wednesday. ... The Yankees are 5-3 on an 11-game road trip that takes them to Baltimore this weekend for three games before the All-Star break. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) faces Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-5) on Friday night. ... Yangervis Solarte, who was called up when Beltran was hurt, played third base and had an RBI single in the fifth. ... Cleveland begins a three-game series at home against the White Sox on Friday night. RHP Corey Kluber (8-6) faces Chicago RHP Hector Noesi (3-5).

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Players of the Game
New York

Z. Wheeler
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

A. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Attendance - 28334
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Tom Woodring