Yankees defense saves Chapman in 2-1 win over Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) The Yankees saved Aroldis Chapman from re-living a postseason nightmare.

On his first visit to Progressive Field since Game 7 of last year's World Series, Chapman was bailed out by sensational defensive plays from Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes in the ninth inning as New York hung on to beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Saturday night and stop a four-game losing streak.

Last November, Chapman (4-2) nearly blew the Cubs' first World Series title since 1908 when he gave up a game-tying, two-run homer to Rajai Davis in the eighth inning. Chicago went on to win in extra innings but the left-hander's meltdown - and Davis' dramatic shot - remain two of the game's most enduring moments.

Chapman said he didn't think about that night.

''It was just another game,'' Chapman insisted.

It didn't feel like one.

Chapman allowed a leadoff single in the ninth before Jose Ramirez hit a fly to deep left that the 5-foot-11 Gardner grabbed with a jump on the warning track.

''It's a ball (6-foot-7, Aaron) Judge probably catches without having to jump. I was fortunate it wasn't 6 inches higher because it could be a different result in the game,'' Gardner said.

As Ramirez's ball headed to left, some of the Indians were convinced it was gone - and they had gotten Chapman again.

''I'm pretty sure I saw some guys running around in the dugout,'' Indians catcher Yan Gomes said.

Edwin Encarnacion followed with a blooper toward right that looked destined to drop before Torreyes raced back and snared with a diving catch before sliding on his belly across the grass.

Chapman then went to a full count on Carlos Santana, who homered in the second inning, before striking him out with his 21st pitch of the inning for his 14th save.

The defensive gems were a nice change for the Yankees, who made three errors in the series opener and had another error, passed ball and two wild pitches on Friday.

Chase Headley homered with one out in the eighth inning off Zach McAllister (1-1) for the Yankees, who have been anything but Bronx Bombers lately.

Headley pulled a 0-1 curveball and his sixth homer barely cleared the wall in right. With top reliever Andrew Miller on the disabled list, Indians manager Terry Francona has limited late-game options and decided to go with McAllister, who allowed his first run in 11 1/3 innings.

''I didn't locate the pitch that I wanted to and it's frustrating,'' McAllister said.

The Yankees have scored just eight runs in the past five games and they managed only four hits through seven innings against Indians starter Danny Salazar, who struck out a career-high 12.

Daniel Robertson (5-2) pitched two scoreless innings and Dellin Betances worked the eighth before giving way to the fire-balling Chapman.

The Indians had their home winning streak stopped at nine games.

For seven innings, Salazar mostly dominated the Yankees, who managed just one run. It was the right-hander's third strong start since returning from the disabled list last month.

Salazar was hoarse afterward and didn't speak with reporters. He wriggled his way out of trouble in the first, got stronger as the game wore on, throwing a 98 mph fastball on his 110th pitch and striking out the side in the seventh to put an exclamation point on an outing that can only boost his confidence.

Over his last three starts, Salazar has a 1.35 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 28 innings.

''The guy comes out there, gives us seven innings, one run, 12 strikeouts,'' Gomes said. ''Everyone was kind of iffy on how he was going to come back. He's healthy. We all know when he's healthy, he's a dangerous pitcher.''

BACKSTOP BLUES

With starting catcher Gary Sanchez having defensive issues, Yankees manager Joe Girardi started Austin Romine behind the plate.

Sanchez committed his major league-leading 12th passed ball Friday night and Girardi, who caught for 15 seasons in the majors, was critical of his catcher. Sanchez hasn't been replaced, but Girardi is going to rest him when the schedule allows.

''Our goal is to get him better,'' Girardi said. ''It's our responsibility to help him and we will do that.''

JUDGE'S CHAMBERS

Judge is still struggling. He singled in the first inning, struck out twice and grounded out. The rookie slugger is hitting .178 (13 for 73) with 32 strikeouts since the All-Star break.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: DH Matt Holliday is headed to the disabled list with a sore lower back. Holliday tweaked his back while swinging during Friday's game and was kept out of the lineup. Holliday is batting just .136 (11 for 81) with one homer and four RBIs since the All-Star break.

Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis will come off the disabled list Sunday and is expected to start the series finale. He's been out since before the All-Star break with a strained right hamstring.

UP NEXT

Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco didn't get out of the second inning in his previous start against Boston. He's 4-4 against the Yankees, who will start Luis Severino, who is 3-0 in his last five starts with a 1.36 ERA and 39 strikeouts.

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IndiansCLE59-49
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  • W: D. Robertson (5-2)L: Z. McAllister (1-1)S: A. Chapman (14)
  • HR: NYY - C. Headley (6), CLE - C. Santana (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF21100210.261.356.457.8133.5
C. Headley 1B41111023.272.351.401.7525.0
A. Judge RF40100021.299.425.6231.0480.0
D. Gregorius SS40210011.304.330.503.8334.5
G. Sanchez DH30000122.265.339.488.8270.0
J. Ellsbury CF40000014.241.322.347.670-0.5
T. Frazier 3B30000120.205.328.414.7420.0
R. Torreyes 2B40000031.284.303.369.672-1.5
A. Romine C30000010.226.289.304.592-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40200021.272.331.475.8052.0
    B. Guyer RF40000023.224.320.336.656-1.0
    M. Brantley LF40200002.300.360.439.7992.0
    J. Ramirez 2B40000014.319.372.556.927-0.5
    E. Encarnacion DH40000023.253.368.471.839-1.0
    C. Santana 1B41111011.245.347.441.7895.5
    A. Jackson CF20000010.321.396.489.885-0.5
    a- B. Zimmer CF10000010.276.338.453.791-0.5
    Y. Gomes C30000010.221.315.357.672-0.5
    G. Urshela 3B30100010.220.291.260.5510.5
    • a-struck out for Jackson in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Gregorius 2 (16)
    • HR - C. Headley (6)
    • RBI - C. Headley (43), D. Gregorius (54)
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (30)
    • HR - C. Santana (16)
    • RBI - C. Santana (59)
    FIELDING
    • DP - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez, C. Santana
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Montgomery5.03110714.051.2414.5
    D. Robertson (W, 5-2)2.02000202.550.9412.0
    D. Betances (H, 15)1.00000202.411.294.0
    A. Chapman (S, 14)1.01000102.871.249.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Montgomery5.0
    D. Robertson (W, 5-2)2.0
    D. Betances (H, 15)1.0
    A. Chapman (S, 14)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Salazar7.041131204.321.3322.0
    Z. McAllister (L, 1-1)0.21110112.271.11-6.5
    T. Olson0.10000000.000.920.0
    N. Goody1.00001202.231.143.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Salazar7.0
    Z. McAllister (L, 1-1)0.2
    T. Olson0.1
    N. Goody1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Montgomery 65-47, D. Robertson 28-18, D. Betances 14-9, A. Chapman 21-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Montgomery 4-4, D. Robertson 2-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Montgomery 18, D. Robertson 8, D. Betances 3, A. Chapman 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Salazar 112-71, Z. McAllister 12-9, T. Olson 1-1, N. Goody 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Salazar 4-4, Z. McAllister 1-0, T. Olson 1-0, N. Goody 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Salazar 27, Z. McAllister 3, T. Olson, N. Goody 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF21100210.261.356.457.8133.5
    C. Headley 1B41111023.272.351.401.7525.0
    A. Judge RF40100021.299.425.6231.0480.0
    D. Gregorius SS40210011.304.330.503.8334.5
    G. Sanchez DH30000122.265.339.488.8270.0
    J. Ellsbury CF40000014.241.322.347.670-0.5
    T. Frazier 3B30000120.205.328.414.7420.0
    R. Torreyes 2B40000031.284.303.369.672-1.5
    A. Romine C30000010.226.289.304.592-0.5
    Total31252141512-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS40200021.272.331.475.8052.0
      B. Guyer RF40000023.224.320.336.656-1.0
      M. Brantley LF40200002.300.360.439.7992.0
      J. Ramirez 2B40000014.319.372.556.927-0.5
      E. Encarnacion DH40000023.253.368.471.839-1.0
      C. Santana 1B41111011.245.347.441.7895.5
      A. Jackson CF20000010.321.396.489.885-0.5
      a- B. Zimmer CF10000010.276.338.453.791-0.5
      Y. Gomes C30000010.221.315.357.672-0.5
      G. Urshela 3B30100010.220.291.260.5510.5
      Total33161101214-----
      • a-struck out for Jackson in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Gregorius 2 (16)
      • HR - C. Headley (6)
      • RBI - C. Headley (43), D. Gregorius (54)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (30)
      • HR - C. Santana (16)
      • RBI - C. Santana (59)
      FIELDING
      • DP - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez, C. Santana
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Montgomery5.03110714.051.2414.5
      D. Robertson (W, 5-2)2.02000202.550.9412.0
      D. Betances (H, 15)1.00000202.411.294.0
      A. Chapman (S, 14)1.01000102.871.249.5
      Total9.06110121---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Montgomery5.0
      D. Robertson (W, 5-2)2.0
      D. Betances (H, 15)1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 14)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Salazar7.041131204.321.3322.0
      Z. McAllister (L, 1-1)0.21110112.271.11-6.5
      T. Olson0.10000000.000.920.0
      N. Goody1.00001202.231.143.0
      Total9.05224151---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Salazar7.0
      Z. McAllister (L, 1-1)0.2
      T. Olson0.1
      N. Goody1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Montgomery 65-47, D. Robertson 28-18, D. Betances 14-9, A. Chapman 21-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Montgomery 4-4, D. Robertson 2-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Montgomery 18, D. Robertson 8, D. Betances 3, A. Chapman 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Salazar 112-71, Z. McAllister 12-9, T. Olson 1-1, N. Goody 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Salazar 4-4, Z. McAllister 1-0, T. Olson 1-0, N. Goody 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Salazar 27, Z. McAllister 3, T. Olson, N. Goody 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Headley homered to right21
      • 2ND INNING
        Santana homered to left11
      • 1ST INNING
        Gregorius doubled to deep center, Gardner scored, Judge to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Nick Goody relieved Tyler Olson
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • J. Ellsbury: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ellsbury grounded out to third
        • T. Frazier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
        • R. Torreyes: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Dellin Betances
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley singled to right
        • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez flied out to deep left
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion popped out to second
        • C. Santana: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Zach McAllister relieved Danny Salazar
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Headley homered to right
        • A. Judge: Foul, Foul, Judge grounded out to shortstop
        • Tyler Olson relieved Zach McAllister
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Dellin Betances relieved David Robertson
        • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Urshela lined out to right
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Guyer struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Salazar Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
        • R. Torreyes: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Robertson Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Santana grounded out to first
        • Bradley Zimmer hit for Austin Jackson
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Ball, Gomes grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Salazar Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius doubled to left center
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked
        • J. Ellsbury: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ellsbury grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Sanchez out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • David Robertson relieved Jordan Montgomery
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to deep right
        • B. Guyer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Guyer flied out to center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Brantley singled to left, Lindor to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to right
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Salazar Pitching:
        • R. Torreyes: Foul, Foul, Torreyes grounded out to second
        • A. Romine: Romine flied out to right
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gardner singled to center
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Headley flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • A. Jackson: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes fouled out to shortstop
        • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Salazar Pitching:
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ellsbury struck out swinging
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Santana lined out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Salazar Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gardner walked
        • C. Headley: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Urshela singled to center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Guyer lined out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Brantley lined out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Salazar Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Frazier fouled out to first
        • R. Torreyes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Romine grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to second
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana homered to left
        • A. Jackson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Jackson grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Salazar Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Judge singled to left, Gardner to second
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Gregorius doubled to deep center, Gardner scored, Judge to third
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ellsbury lined out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor doubled to deep left
        • B. Guyer: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Guyer struck out looking
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to shortstop, Lindor to third
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)