Severino dominates, Judge homers as Yankees rock Indians 8-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Their offense sputtering for nearly a week, the Yankees needed a break.

A fly ball, the sun and Abraham Almonte combined to give them one.

Almonte misplayed Jacoby Ellsbury's shot to right field in the sixth inning into a three-run triple, Luis Severino overpowered Cleveland's lineup into the seventh inning and Aaron Judge hammered a three-run homer as New York rolled to a 8-1 win over the Indians on Sunday.

With the score tied 1-1 in the sixth, Ellsbury sent a deep drive off Carlos Carrasco (10-5) that Almonte seemed to track while fighting a tough sky. But as he neared the wall, Almonte, who returned from the minors on Saturday, didn't extend his glove and braced for impact well shy of the wall as the ball bounced off its base, allowing three runs to score.

Ball game.

''You hope it goes over the wall,'' said Ellsbury. ''But I'll take a triple any day, especially with three runners on. I'm happy it found some turf.''

Almonte didn't make any excuses and accepted blame for not making the play.

''It's a ball that should have been caught,'' said Almonte, who sat at his locker and reviewed the play on a tablet with Indians bench coach Brad Mills following the game. ''It was not an easy fly ball, but it should have been caught.''

The Yankees wound up scoring five runs in the sixth - matching their total in the past four games - and bounced back from two sloppy losses to split the series with the defending AL champions.

Severino (9-4) gave up Michael Brantley's homer in the first and then toyed with the Indians, striking out nine and allowing just three runners to reach. He didn't give up his second hit until there were two outs in the seventh and was pulled by manager Joe Girardi before getting a roaring ovation from several thousand New York fans.

The All-Star right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.71 ERA in his last four starts.

''He has continued to improve all year long,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi. ''I'm seeing him do things now that he didn't do early on.''

Other than allowing Brantley's homer, Severino was rarely in any trouble. He put himself in a bind in the fourth with a leadoff walk and wild pitch, but locked down and retired Cleveland's 3-4-5 hitters to keep it 1-0.

Brantley touched Severino for a homer in the first, but the Indians didn't make much hard contact off the 23-year-old.

''That's as impressive of stuff as you're going to see,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''The fastball, everybody sees that, but he's gaining confidence in an off-speed. That's a tough guy to face.''

JUDGE NOT

Judge connected in the seventh for his 35th homer - only No. 5 since the All-Star break - to give New York an 8-1 lead. Judge's screaming liner to center had an exit velocity of 113 mph, and the Yankees can only hope it hurries him out of an extended slump.

Judge struck out in his first two at-bats and was walked in the sixth before hitting his league-leading homer.

''I swung at some pitches out of the zone before that,'' he said. ''In that at-bat, I was able to stick to my approach and drive it to right-center. The past couple of weeks I've been getting off my approach. When you get out of your approach in the major leagues, people will expose you. ''

Judge is hitting .182 (14 for 77) with 35 strikeouts since July 14.

KIPNIS BACK

Indians second baseman went 0 for 4 and struck out three times in his first game since July 8. He was activated from the disabled list Sunday after being sidelined with a strained right hamstring.

CATCHING UP

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who has had major defensive issues this season, sat for the second straight game.

Sanchez leads the majors with 12 passed balls and Girardi has stressed to the 24-year-old that he has to get better at blocking pitches or his playing time will be affected.

''The message came from us verbally,'' said Girardi, who caught for 15 seasons in the majors. '''Your defense needs to improve. You need to get better at it. You need to work at it.' He's worked at it, but we've expressed how important it is.''

Sanchez was surprised to not be in the lineup again, but understands he has to work harder.

''I'm not perfect,'' he said. ''The bottom line is I have to improve.''

YANKEES ROTATION

The Yankees sent rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery to Triple-A after the game. The 24-year-old is 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts. The Yankees acquired starters Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia at the recent trade deadline, and will use them with Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia in the rotation.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Following an off day in Toronto, Sabathia starts the opener of a three-game series with the Blue Jays.

Indians: Cleveland also gets a break before opening a two-game interleague series against Colorado with ace Corey Kluber on the mound. Kluber upstaged Gray's New York debut and three-hit the Yankees on Thursday.

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IndiansCLE59-50
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  • W: L. Severino (9-4)L: C. Carrasco (10-5)
  • HR: NYY - A. Judge (35), CLE - M. Brantley (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner DH51100001.261.354.454.8082.0
C. Frazier LF42100110.243.274.486.7604.5
D. Gregorius SS51300002.308.333.504.8384.0
A. Judge RF42131132.299.424.6271.0518.5
C. Headley 1B40110010.271.350.399.7491.5
T. Frazier 3B41100122.206.329.412.7412.0
J. Ellsbury CF41230000.245.325.359.6848.0
R. Torreyes 2B40210002.288.306.372.6783.0
A. Romine C40000034.221.283.297.579-1.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Kipnis 2B40000030.229.288.395.683-1.5
    F. Lindor SS20000110.271.331.472.8030.5
    G. Urshela SS10000000.216.286.255.5410.0
    M. Brantley LF31111001.300.359.447.8076.0
    B. Guyer LF10000000.222.317.333.6500.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30000021.317.369.552.921-1.0
    E. Encarnacion DH30100011.253.368.470.8380.5
    C. Santana 1B30000011.243.345.438.783-0.5
    B. Zimmer CF30000010.272.333.447.780-0.5
    A. Almonte RF30000010.238.324.397.721-0.5
    R. Perez C30000000.174.267.258.5240.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Frazier (8)
      • 3B - J. Ellsbury (2)
      • HR - A. Judge (35)
      • SF - C. Headley (3)
      • RBI - A. Judge 3 (78), C. Headley (44), J. Ellsbury 3 (21), R. Torreyes (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ellsbury 3 (6), R. Torreyes (12)
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Brantley (9)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (52)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (14)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Severino (W, 9-4)6.22111912.911.0728.5
      T. Kahnle0.10000002.420.920.0
      A. Warren1.00000001.930.793.0
      C. Shreve1.00000102.731.253.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Severino (W, 9-4)6.2
      T. Kahnle0.1
      A. Warren1.0
      C. Shreve1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (L, 10-5)5.26552604.061.160.0
      B. Shaw0.11000103.511.31-0.5
      M. Clevinger1.02331114.001.33-2.5
      C. Allen1.01000103.251.262.5
      D. Otero1.02000103.381.381.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (L, 10-5)5.2
      B. Shaw0.1
      M. Clevinger1.0
      C. Allen1.0
      D. Otero1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Severino (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 107-69, T. Kahnle 5-3, A. Warren 14-8, C. Shreve 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 4-7, C. Shreve 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Severino 23, T. Kahnle, A. Warren 3, C. Shreve 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - C. Carrasco (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 97-62, B. Shaw 10-7, M. Clevinger 24-15, C. Allen 12-10, D. Otero 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 6-5, M. Clevinger 1-1, C. Allen 2-0, D. Otero 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 25, B. Shaw 2, M. Clevinger 6, C. Allen 4, D. Otero 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      YankeesNYY59-51
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      IndiansCLE59-50
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner DH51100001.261.354.454.8082.0
      C. Frazier LF42100110.243.274.486.7604.5
      D. Gregorius SS51300002.308.333.504.8384.0
      A. Judge RF42131132.299.424.6271.0518.5
      C. Headley 1B40110010.271.350.399.7491.5
      T. Frazier 3B41100122.206.329.412.7412.0
      J. Ellsbury CF41230000.245.325.359.6848.0
      R. Torreyes 2B40210002.288.306.372.6783.0
      A. Romine C40000034.221.283.297.579-1.5
      Total388128131013-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Kipnis 2B40000030.229.288.395.683-1.5
        F. Lindor SS20000110.271.331.472.8030.5
        G. Urshela SS10000000.216.286.255.5410.0
        M. Brantley LF31111001.300.359.447.8076.0
        B. Guyer LF10000000.222.317.333.6500.0
        J. Ramirez 3B30000021.317.369.552.921-1.0
        E. Encarnacion DH30100011.253.368.470.8380.5
        C. Santana 1B30000011.243.345.438.783-0.5
        B. Zimmer CF30000010.272.333.447.780-0.5
        A. Almonte RF30000010.238.324.397.721-0.5
        R. Perez C30000000.174.267.258.5240.0
        Total2912111104-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Frazier (8)
          • 3B - J. Ellsbury (2)
          • HR - A. Judge (35)
          • SF - C. Headley (3)
          • RBI - A. Judge 3 (78), C. Headley (44), J. Ellsbury 3 (21), R. Torreyes (28)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Ellsbury 3 (6), R. Torreyes (12)
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Brantley (9)
          • RBI - M. Brantley (52)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (14)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Severino (W, 9-4)6.22111912.911.0728.5
          T. Kahnle0.10000002.420.920.0
          A. Warren1.00000001.930.793.0
          C. Shreve1.00000102.731.253.5
          Total9.02111101---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Severino (W, 9-4)6.2
          T. Kahnle0.1
          A. Warren1.0
          C. Shreve1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Carrasco (L, 10-5)5.26552604.061.160.0
          B. Shaw0.11000103.511.31-0.5
          M. Clevinger1.02331114.001.33-2.5
          C. Allen1.01000103.251.262.5
          D. Otero1.02000103.381.381.5
          Total9.012883101---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Carrasco (L, 10-5)5.2
          B. Shaw0.1
          M. Clevinger1.0
          C. Allen1.0
          D. Otero1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. Severino (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 107-69, T. Kahnle 5-3, A. Warren 14-8, C. Shreve 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 4-7, C. Shreve 1-1
          • Batters Faced - L. Severino 23, T. Kahnle, A. Warren 3, C. Shreve 3
          PITCHING
          • IBB - C. Carrasco (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 97-62, B. Shaw 10-7, M. Clevinger 24-15, C. Allen 12-10, D. Otero 14-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 6-5, M. Clevinger 1-1, C. Allen 2-0, D. Otero 2-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 25, B. Shaw 2, M. Clevinger 6, C. Allen 4, D. Otero 5
          • 7TH INNING
            Judge homered to center, Frazier and Gregorius scored81
          • 6TH INNING
            Torreyes singled to left, Ellsbury scored51
            Ellsbury tripled to deep right, Frazier, Judge and Frazier scored41
            Headley hit sacrifice fly to center, Gardner scored11
          • 1ST INNING
            Brantley homered to center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Dan Otero relieved Cody Allen
            • C. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Gregorius singled to center
            • A. Judge: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • C. Headley: Foul, Headley singled to left center, Gregorius to third
            • T. Frazier: Frazier reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Headley out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chasen Shreve relieved Adam Warren
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • G. Urshela: Foul, Ball, Ball, Urshela lined out to right
            • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Guyer grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Cody Allen relieved Mike Clevinger
            • Giovanny Urshela at shortstop
            • Brandon Guyer in left
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ellsbury grounded out to third
            • R. Torreyes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Torreyes singled to shallow right center
            • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Romine struck out on foul tip
            • B. Gardner: Gardner grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Warren relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • B. Zimmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Zimmer flied out to shallow right
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte lined out to second
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Perez flied out to deep center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Mike Clevinger relieved Bryan Shaw
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner lined out to left
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gregorius singled to right center, Frazier to third
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Judge homered to center, Frazier and Gregorius scored
            • C. Headley: Foul, Foul, Ball, Headley grounded out to first
            • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Brantley popped out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion singled to center
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Luis Severino
            • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana flied out to deep center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner singled to center
            • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier doubled to left, Gardner to third
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gregorius popped out to third
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Judge intentionally walked
            • C. Headley: Headley hit sacrifice fly to center, Gardner scored
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier walked, Frazier to third, Judge to second
            • J. Ellsbury: Ellsbury tripled to deep right, Frazier, Judge and Frazier scored
            • Bryan Shaw relieved Carlos Carrasco
            • R. Torreyes: Foul, Foul, Foul, Torreyes singled to left, Ellsbury scored
            • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez flied out to center
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to second
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor lined out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • C. Headley: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Headley grounded out to second
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier singled to left
            • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ellsbury singled to right, Frazier to second
            • R. Torreyes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Torreyes reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Frazier to third, Ellsbury out at second
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana grounded out to second
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Zimmer struck out on foul tip
            • A. Almonte: Almonte grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner flied out to deep center
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gregorius singled to center
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor walked
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor to second on wild pitch, Brantley grounded out to shortstop, Lindor to third
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramirez fouled out to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Encarnacion lined out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ellsbury flied out to left
            • R. Torreyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Torreyes grounded out to third
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Perez flied out to left
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • C. Headley: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
            • T. Frazier: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Zimmer flied out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gardner popped out to shortstop
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gregorius grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley homered to center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)