Yankees score twice in 8th off Kluber, top Indians 7-4

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona trusted Corey Kluber to keep the Yankees from scoring.

At this point, he has no better option.

Kluber gave up a go-ahead double to Aaron Hicks with one out in the eighth inning as New York scored late against Cleveland's ace and downed the Indians 7-4 on Thursday night in the Yankees' first visit to Progressive Field since last year's AL playoffs.

After fouling a pitch off his foot, Hicks drove a 3-2 delivery from Kluber (12-5) to deep center field, scoring Didi Gregorius easily from first base when the ball one-hopped the wall.

Although Kluber was at 100 pitches through seven innings, Francona elected to stick with him in the eighth rather than turn things over to his shaky bullpen, which has the league's highest ERA and is missing Andrew Miller.

''I thought he was fine,'' Francona said of Kluber. ''And he was at what, 100? And I thought he was throwing the ball well. I thought he was in command of what he was doing.''

The Yankees added another run in the inning on Greg Bird's sacrifice fly off Oliver Perez.

Brett Gardner homered twice and Gregorius also connected for the Yankees, who overcame a 2-0 deficit and won the Division Series by beating Kluber in Game 5 last October.

New York is 30 games over .500 for the first time this season, and for the first time before the All-Star break since 1998, when it won the World Series.

Yankees All-Star ace Luis Severino only pitched five innings, but manager Aaron Boone got four hitless innings from Adam Warren, David Robertson (6-3), Dellin Betances and closer Aroldis Chapman, who got three outs for his 25th save - in his first appearance since Saturday because of a sore left knee.

''Every win's a good win,'' Boone said. ''That was a good win up against a great pitcher. Up and down the lineup we had big at-bats in big spots. On a night when Sevy didn't have his best, the rest of the guys were able to come through in a big way.''

Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion homered off Severino, who was denied his major league-leading 15th win.

The marquee matchup between Kluber and Severino - two of baseball's top pitchers - had everyone excited.

''This is one of those games where if I wasn't a manager, I'd come watch the game,'' Francona quipped beforehand.

But neither Kluber nor Severino brought their `A' game. The All-Stars each gave up two homers, both were hit harder than expected and they were forced to pitch out of trouble throughout their stints.

Severino allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings and recorded just one strikeout, his fewest since 2016.

''We did a great job against Severino. He's got exceptional stuff,'' Francona said. ''We scored. We made him throw pitches. We got him out after five, but their bullpen is also exceptional. They brought in four guys that are pretty good and they kind of did a number on us.''

Kluber, who lost the decisive Game 5 to the Yankees last October while battling a stiff lower back, was at 100 pitches to start the eighth, but Francona stuck with him anyway. The right-hander walked Gregorius on four pitches to start the inning and then gave up the double to Hicks, who was just 3 for 25 in his career against the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

''I was looking for a heater,'' Hicks said. ''I was looking for something middle-in I could drive. I got a lot of changeups. I was swinging and missing at it a lot. The pitch before that I got a heater that I just missed. I think that's what got me a changeup in that situation. I just wanted to stay on the ball.''

WHAT A RELIEF

Since June 1, New York's relievers have a 1.64 ERA - the lowest in the majors and a full run better than second-place Houston (2.70).

RAM TOUGH

Ramirez connected for his fourth homer in three games to tie it 4-all in the fifth. The 25-year-old has 28 homers, breaking Albert Belle's club record for the most before the All-Star break. Ramirez is also tied with Boston's J.D. Martinez for the major league lead.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: C Gary Sanchez (strained right groin) could begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday. Sanchez, who has been out since June 25, has been doing hitting, catching and agility drills.

Indians: Miller will pitch batting practice to hitters Saturday at Double-A Akron, the next step in his comeback from knee inflammation that has sidelined the elite reliever since May 26. Miller said he expects to pitch in a ''handful of minor league games'' before he's activated.

UP NEXT

A pair of rookies square off as Cleveland's Shane Bieber (4-1) gets his first career start against the Yankees - or any AL East team - on Friday versus New York's Domingo German (2-4), who had a season-high 10 strikeouts on June 14 against Tampa Bay.

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  • W: D. Robertson (6-3)L: C. Kluber (12-5)S: A. Chapman (25)
  • HR: NYY - B. Gardner 2 (9), D. Gregorius (16), CLE - E. Encarnacion (21), J. Ramirez (28)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Gardner LF52232010.257.349.408.75712.5
A. Judge RF50100000.279.397.556.9522.0
D. Gregorius SS32111101.260.324.467.7918.0
G. Stanton DH41100012.276.347.515.8621.5
A. Hicks CF31110000.255.352.506.8586.0
G. Bird 1B30120020.211.322.445.7683.0
M. Andujar 3B31200100.282.318.500.8185.0
A. Romine C40000045.271.336.492.827-2.0
N. Walker 2B30000024.194.274.263.537-1.0
T. Wade 2B10000010.156.208.289.497-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS41200001.297.371.573.9444.0
    M. Brantley LF41100002.306.351.485.8364.0
    J. Ramirez 3B31221101.296.396.6181.0138.0
    E. Encarnacion DH31111111.228.311.466.7776.5
    Y. Alonso 1B40210001.259.326.439.7653.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40000013.220.310.362.672-0.5
    T. Naquin RF30000011.274.310.363.673-0.5
    a- R. Davis PH10000010.248.305.298.603-0.5
    Y. Gomes C40100001.251.313.444.7561.0
    G. Allen CF30000001.211.248.293.5410.0
    b- B. Guyer PH10000000.163.269.308.5770.0
    • a-struck out for Naquin in the 9th
    • b-popped out for G. Allen in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Judge (19), A. Hicks (13), G. Bird (7), M. Andujar (27)
    • HR - B. Gardner 2 (9), D. Gregorius (16)
    • SF - G. Bird (2)
    • SH - A. Hicks (2)
    • RBI - B. Gardner 3 (31), D. Gregorius (49), A. Hicks (43), G. Bird 2 (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Gardner 3 (15)
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (29)
    • HR - J. Ramirez (28), E. Encarnacion (21)
    • RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (67), E. Encarnacion (63), Y. Alonso (52)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (24), E. Encarnacion (20)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Hicks (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Brantley (6)
    • CS - J. Ramirez (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - B. Gardner (5)
    • DP - (Walker-Gregorius-Bird)
    • E - N. Walker (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Alonso)
    • E - Y. Gomes (8)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Severino5.09441122.311.011.5
    A. Warren1.00000101.851.233.5
    D. Robertson (W, 6-3)1.00000003.190.9710.0
    D. Betances (H, 14)1.00001102.681.072.5
    A. Chapman (S, 25)1.00000101.380.8210.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Severino5.0
    A. Warren1.0
    D. Robertson (W, 6-3)1.0
    D. Betances (H, 14)1.0
    A. Chapman (S, 25)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (L, 12-5)7.18662922.760.914.5
    O. Perez0.10000000.750.580.0
    N. Ramirez0.20000103.321.110.5
    T. Olson0.11110117.641.64-1.5
    Z. McAllister0.10000005.651.360.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (L, 12-5)7.1
    O. Perez0.1
    N. Ramirez0.2
    T. Olson0.1
    Z. McAllister0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 94-63, A. Warren 19-12, D. Robertson 9-7, D. Betances 15-10, A. Chapman 11-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 4-7, A. Warren 2-1, D. Robertson 3-0, A. Chapman 1-1
    • Batters Faced - L. Severino 22, A. Warren 4, D. Robertson 3, D. Betances 4, A. Chapman 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 114-72, O. Perez 6-3, N. Ramirez 9-6, T. Olson 9-5, Z. McAllister 3-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-9, N. Ramirez 1-0, Z. McAllister 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 32, O. Perez, N. Ramirez 2, T. Olson 2, Z. McAllister
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF52232010.257.349.408.75712.5
    A. Judge RF50100000.279.397.556.9522.0
    D. Gregorius SS32111101.260.324.467.7918.0
    G. Stanton DH41100012.276.347.515.8621.5
    A. Hicks CF31110000.255.352.506.8586.0
    G. Bird 1B30120020.211.322.445.7683.0
    M. Andujar 3B31200100.282.318.500.8185.0
    A. Romine C40000045.271.336.492.827-2.0
    N. Walker 2B30000024.194.274.263.537-1.0
    T. Wade 2B10000010.156.208.289.497-0.5
    Total34797321112-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS41200001.297.371.573.9444.0
      M. Brantley LF41100002.306.351.485.8364.0
      J. Ramirez 3B31221101.296.396.6181.0138.0
      E. Encarnacion DH31111111.228.311.466.7776.5
      Y. Alonso 1B40210001.259.326.439.7653.0
      J. Kipnis 2B40000013.220.310.362.672-0.5
      T. Naquin RF30000011.274.310.363.673-0.5
      a- R. Davis PH10000010.248.305.298.603-0.5
      Y. Gomes C40100001.251.313.444.7561.0
      G. Allen CF30000001.211.248.293.5410.0
      b- B. Guyer PH10000000.163.269.308.5770.0
      Total3449422412-----
      • a-struck out for Naquin in the 9th
      • b-popped out for G. Allen in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Judge (19), A. Hicks (13), G. Bird (7), M. Andujar (27)
      • HR - B. Gardner 2 (9), D. Gregorius (16)
      • SF - G. Bird (2)
      • SH - A. Hicks (2)
      • RBI - B. Gardner 3 (31), D. Gregorius (49), A. Hicks (43), G. Bird 2 (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Gardner 3 (15)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (29)
      • HR - J. Ramirez (28), E. Encarnacion (21)
      • RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (67), E. Encarnacion (63), Y. Alonso (52)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (24), E. Encarnacion (20)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Hicks (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Brantley (6)
      • CS - J. Ramirez (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Gardner (5)
      • DP - (Walker-Gregorius-Bird)
      • E - N. Walker (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Alonso)
      • E - Y. Gomes (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Severino5.09441122.311.011.5
      A. Warren1.00000101.851.233.5
      D. Robertson (W, 6-3)1.00000003.190.9710.0
      D. Betances (H, 14)1.00001102.681.072.5
      A. Chapman (S, 25)1.00000101.380.8210.5
      Total9.0944242---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Severino5.0
      A. Warren1.0
      D. Robertson (W, 6-3)1.0
      D. Betances (H, 14)1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 25)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (L, 12-5)7.18662922.760.914.5
      O. Perez0.10000000.750.580.0
      N. Ramirez0.20000103.321.110.5
      T. Olson0.11110117.641.64-1.5
      Z. McAllister0.10000005.651.360.0
      Total9.09772113---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (L, 12-5)7.1
      O. Perez0.1
      N. Ramirez0.2
      T. Olson0.1
      Z. McAllister0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 94-63, A. Warren 19-12, D. Robertson 9-7, D. Betances 15-10, A. Chapman 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 4-7, A. Warren 2-1, D. Robertson 3-0, A. Chapman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Severino 22, A. Warren 4, D. Robertson 3, D. Betances 4, A. Chapman 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 114-72, O. Perez 6-3, N. Ramirez 9-6, T. Olson 9-5, Z. McAllister 3-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-9, N. Ramirez 1-0, Z. McAllister 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 32, O. Perez, N. Ramirez 2, T. Olson 2, Z. McAllister
      • 9TH INNING
        Gardner homered to right74
      • 8TH INNING
        Bird hit sacrifice fly to left, Hicks scored64
        Hicks doubled to deep center, Gregorius scored54
      • 5TH INNING
        Ramirez homered to right44
      • 4TH INNING
        Bird doubled to deep right center, Stanton scored, Hicks to third43
        Gregorius homered to center33
      • 3RD INNING
        Alonso singled to left, Brantley scored, Encarnacion out at third23
        Gardner homered to right, Andujar scored22
      • 1ST INNING
        Encarnacion homered to left center02
        Ramirez singled to deep right, Lindor scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Romine struck out on foul tip
        • Tyler Olson relieved Neil Ramirez
        • T. Wade: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gardner homered to right
        • Zach McAllister relieved Tyler Olson
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Judge grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Dellin Betances
        • Rajai Davis hit for Tyler Naquin
        • R. Davis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Gomes grounded out to third
        • Brandon Guyer hit for Greg Allen
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Foul, Guyer popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton flied out to right
        • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Hicks doubled to deep center, Gregorius scored
        • Oliver Perez relieved Corey Kluber
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks stole third, Foul, Ball, Bird hit sacrifice fly to left, Hicks scored
        • Neil Ramirez relieved Oliver Perez
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andujar grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Wade at second base
        • Dellin Betances relieved David Robertson
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Encarnacion fouled out to catcher
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Alonso lined out to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner flied out to left
        • A. Judge: Judge flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • David Robertson relieved Adam Warren
        • G. Allen: Allen grounded out to pitcher
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Lindor grounded out to third
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks grounded out to first
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • M. Andujar: Andujar singled to right
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Warren relieved Luis Severino
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso lined out to first
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kipnis safe at first on 1st baseman Walker fielding error, Kipnis to second
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Naquin struck out on foul tip
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gomes lined out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gardner grounded out to second
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Judge doubled to deep left
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius grounded out to first, Judge to third
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Lindor singled to left center
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Lindor out at second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez homered to right
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike looking, Gregorius homered to center
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Stanton singled to center
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Stanton to third on catcher Gomes fielding error
        • G. Bird: Ball, Bird doubled to deep right center, Stanton scored, Hicks to third
        • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andujar walked
        • A. Romine: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • N. Walker: Walker lined into double play first, Andujar out at first
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Naquin lined out to center
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Foul, Gomes flied out to deep center
        • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Allen grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Andujar: Andujar doubled to deep left
        • A. Romine: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
        • N. Walker: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gardner homered to right, Andujar scored
        • A. Judge: Judge flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley singled to deep right
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez lined out to right
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Brantley stole second, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso singled to left, Brantley scored, Encarnacion out at third
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Kipnis flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Stanton flied out to deep right
        • A. Hicks: Hicks lined out to center
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Naquin grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gomes singled to center
        • G. Allen: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Allen lined out to right
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lindor lined out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Ball, Judge flied out to right
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Lindor doubled to deep right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley grounded out to second, Lindor to third
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to deep right, Lindor scored
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ramirez caught stealing, catcher to second, Strike looking, Encarnacion homered to left center
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso singled to center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kipnis flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)