Yanks win for 14th time in 15 games, beating Indians 5-2

NEW YORK (AP) Sonny Gray has learned to just say yes when he sees Austin Romine behind the plate.

Gray made his second straight strong start and won for the first time in a month, boosting the New York Yankees over the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Saturday for their 14th win in 15 games.

''I trust that guy completely, knowing whatever he puts down, shake your head yes and throw it with conviction,'' Gray said.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor's double error led to a pair of runs in a four-run fifth inning off previously unhittable Trevor Bauer.

New York is in its first 14-1 stretch since 1998 Yankees won 114 games during the regular season and then the first of three straight World Series titles. The Yankees have outscored opponents 91-33 in that span and have won eight straight home games for the first time since 2010.

Gray (2-2) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings with seven strikeouts , working with more poise and polish to Romine, the Yankees' backup catcher, than he has with All-Star starter Gary Sanchez.

''He had that look in his eye,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, ''like he expected it.''

Gray has a 3.72 ERA in five starts with Romine this year; his ERA is 15.63 ERA in two games with Sanchez.

''It's the biggest compliment when a guy rolls with you, doesn't shake much and really likes you when you catch back there,'' Romine said. ''This is his career. He's throwing the pitches. It's his ERA.''

Boone said before the game Romine will catch Gray ''certainly for the foreseeable future'' even though Boone does not like personal catchers. Reminded that Bob Boone, the manager's All-Star father, was displaced in Philadelphia when Steve Carlton started because the Phillies ace preferred to pitch to Tim McCarver, Aaron Boone quipped: ''He didn't hit like Gary, though.''

Gray has lowered his ERA from 8.27 to 6.00 in his last three outings.

''I'm a better pitcher than the first four, five starts,'' he said. ''I think throwing the ball with conviction - I think mindset maybe has something to do with it.''

While Romine doesn't have Sanchez's power at the plate, he's hitting .286. His bases-loaded walk tied the score in the fifth , and he doubled off the center-field wall in the seventh.

''We feel like there's more in there offensively, and we really have challenged him to be that,'' Boone said.

Chad Green struck out four over two perfect innings, and David Robertson finished the five-hitter for his first save.

Making his first start since sparking a Twitter spat by suggesting Houston pitchers may be use pine tar, Bauer (2-3) retired his first 13 batters in order on 45 pitches, then needed 41 pitches to get the final two outs of the fifth. He lasted six innings and gave up two hits, and just two of the four runs off him were earned.

Lindor put the Indians ahead in the fifth with his fourth homer in five games, but he's made three errors in the past two games.

''Can't give good offenses like that extra baserunners, free baserunners,'' Bauer said. ''Can't give them extra outs.''

Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar walked with one out in the fifth for the Yankees' first two runners, and rookie Gleyber Torres lined a soft single to center for the Yankees' first hit - and only hit of the inning, it turned out.

Romine fell behind 1-2 in the count, worked it full, fouled off a pair of pitches, then took inside fastball to force home the tying run.

Ronald Torreyes hit a two-hopper for what appeared to be an easy inning-ending, double-play grounder to Lindor, a Gold Glove winner in 2016. Lindor allowed the ball to bounce out of the pocket of his glove, picked it up and threw past third baseman Jose Ramirez to the screen in front of Cleveland's dugout as Andujar and Torres scored.

''Both games have been lost because of me. That's unacceptable,'' Lindor said.

Brett Gardner followed with a sacrifice fly to left fielder Michael Brantley, whose throw to third appeared to beat Torreyes before Romine crossed the plate. But the Indians did not ask for a video review. Gardner added an RBI single in the seventh.

''We're having a tough time getting the slow motion. What happens is it's blurry, so there's nothing that we can say is definitive,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''I don't think it's just us. There's been some glitches, and they're working through it.''

WHIFFING

Yonder Alonso had four of the Indians' 13 strikeouts. New York's Aaron Judge fanned three times, raising his total to 44 - teammate Giancarlo Stanton leads the majors with 53.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: CF Bradley Zimmer left the game after slamming into the plexiglas on the right-center field wall , trying to prevent Romine's double. Zimmer crumpled to the field and walked slowly back to the dugout. ''He got his left shoulder. He hit pretty hard,'' Francona said. ''I think he's OK. He said he's going to play tomorrow.'' ... LHP Andrew Miller (strained left hamstring) threw a bullpen session but won't be activated Sunday, the first day he is eligible to be reinstated from the DL.

UP NEXT

RHP Domingo German (0-1) makes his first big league start Sunday after 12 relief appearances. He takes the slot of LHP Jordan Montgomery, who has a strained pitching elbow. Sunday ends a stretch of games on 18 straight days for the Yankees, who after a day off host Boston in a three-game series starting Tuesday. RHP Mike Clevinger (2-0) starts for the Indians.

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  • W: S. Gray (2-2)L: T. Bauer (2-3)S: D. Robertson (1)
  • HR: CLE - F. Lindor (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Ramirez 3B41100013.291.379.575.9542.5
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E. Encarnacion DH40110001.203.274.439.7133.0
Y. Alonso 1B40000042.207.268.431.699-2.0
T. Naquin RF-CF40100012.318.357.394.7510.5
R. Perez C30000021.116.240.186.426-1.0
B. Zimmer CF30100010.234.294.351.6451.5
B. Guyer RF00000000.173.259.385.6430.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF30120000.202.324.254.5783.0
    A. Judge DH40000032.295.420.557.977-1.5
    A. Hicks CF40100010.225.345.380.7250.5
    G. Stanton RF40000021.227.309.455.763-1.0
    N. Walker 1B31000111.182.263.205.4671.5
    M. Andujar 3B21000101.284.302.510.8122.0
    G. Torres 2B31100020.333.365.458.8241.0
    A. Romine C22110110.286.375.371.7465.5
    R. Torreyes SS30010012.362.375.447.8220.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (9), E. Encarnacion (2), B. Zimmer (5)
      • HR - F. Lindor (8)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (19), E. Encarnacion (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Romine (3)
      • SF - B. Gardner (3)
      • RBI - B. Gardner 2 (9), A. Romine (7), R. Torreyes (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Gardner (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - F. Lindor 2 (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (L, 2-3)6.02423802.531.0613.0
      B. Taylor2.02110302.700.904.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (L, 2-3)6.0
      B. Taylor2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (W, 2-2)6.04222716.001.7623.5
      C. Green (H, 3)2.00000402.080.988.0
      D. Robertson (S, 1)1.01000203.120.8710.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (W, 2-2)6.0
      C. Green (H, 3)2.0
      D. Robertson (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 102-65, B. Taylor 27-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 5-6, B. Taylor 2-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 24, B. Taylor 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 93-55, C. Green 24-18, D. Robertson 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 8-3, D. Robertson 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 24, C. Green 6, D. Robertson 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      F. Lindor SS31111100.284.353.518.8707.0
      J. Kipnis 2B40000023.188.265.278.544-1.0
      J. Ramirez 3B41100013.291.379.575.9542.5
      M. Brantley LF30000121.337.364.543.9070.0
      E. Encarnacion DH40110001.203.274.439.7133.0
      Y. Alonso 1B40000042.207.268.431.699-2.0
      T. Naquin RF-CF40100012.318.357.394.7510.5
      R. Perez C30000021.116.240.186.426-1.0
      B. Zimmer CF30100010.234.294.351.6451.5
      B. Guyer RF00000000.173.259.385.6430.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner LF30120000.202.324.254.5783.0
        A. Judge DH40000032.295.420.557.977-1.5
        A. Hicks CF40100010.225.345.380.7250.5
        G. Stanton RF40000021.227.309.455.763-1.0
        N. Walker 1B31000111.182.263.205.4671.5
        M. Andujar 3B21000101.284.302.510.8122.0
        G. Torres 2B31100020.333.365.458.8241.0
        A. Romine C22110110.286.375.371.7465.5
        R. Torreyes SS30010012.362.375.447.8220.5
        Total2854403117-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Ramirez (9), E. Encarnacion (2), B. Zimmer (5)
          • HR - F. Lindor (8)
          • RBI - F. Lindor (19), E. Encarnacion (20)
          • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Romine (3)
          • SF - B. Gardner (3)
          • RBI - B. Gardner 2 (9), A. Romine (7), R. Torreyes (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Gardner (4)
          FIELDING
          • E - F. Lindor 2 (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Bauer (L, 2-3)6.02423802.531.0613.0
          B. Taylor2.02110302.700.904.5
          Total8.04533110---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Bauer (L, 2-3)6.0
          B. Taylor2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gray (W, 2-2)6.04222716.001.7623.5
          C. Green (H, 3)2.00000402.080.988.0
          D. Robertson (S, 1)1.01000203.120.8710.0
          Total9.05222131---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gray (W, 2-2)6.0
          C. Green (H, 3)2.0
          D. Robertson (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 102-65, B. Taylor 27-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 5-6, B. Taylor 2-1
          • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 24, B. Taylor 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 93-55, C. Green 24-18, D. Robertson 15-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 8-3, D. Robertson 1-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Gray 24, C. Green 6, D. Robertson 4
          • 7TH INNING
            Gardner singled to left, Romine scored, Gardner to second25
          • 6TH INNING
            Encarnacion grounded out to first, Ramirez scored24
          • 5TH INNING
            Gardner hit sacrifice fly to left, Romine scored, Torreyes to third14
            Torreyes reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Andujar and Torres scored, Romine to third on shortstop Lindor fielding error13
            Romine walked, Walker scored, Andujar to third, Torres to second11
            Lindor homered to right center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • David Robertson relieved Chad Green
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion doubled to left
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Green Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor flied out to shallow left
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Taylor Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks lined out to first
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • N. Walker: Walker grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Chad Green relieved Sonny Gray
            • T. Naquin: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Perez flied out to left
            • B. Zimmer: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Zimmer struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ben Taylor relieved Trevor Bauer
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Romine doubled to deep right center
            • Brandon Guyer in right
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
            • B. Gardner: Foul, Gardner singled to left, Romine scored, Gardner to second
            • A. Judge: Ball, Judge grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez doubled to left
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop, Ramirez to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to first, Ramirez scored
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks singled to right center
            • G. Stanton: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Stanton struck out looking
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Andujar grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • B. Zimmer: Zimmer grounded bunt out to first
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lindor homered to right center
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • G. Stanton: Stanton fouled out to first
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker walked
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andujar walked, Walker to second
            • G. Torres: Foul, Torres singled to center, Walker to third, Andujar to second
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Romine walked, Walker scored, Andujar to third, Torres to second
            • R. Torreyes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Torreyes reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Andujar and Torres scored, Romine to third on shortstop Lindor fielding error
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gardner hit sacrifice fly to left, Romine scored, Torreyes to third
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion reached on fielder's choice to third, Brantley out at second
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike looking, Naquin flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • T. Naquin: Naquin singled to right center
            • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • B. Zimmer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Zimmer doubled to right center, Naquin to third
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Torreyes grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Alonso struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton flied out to deep center
            • N. Walker: Walker lined out to first
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Andujar grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis lined out to left
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner flied out to deep center
            • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Hicks popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)