Double trouble: Indians botch Romine's double as Yankees win

CLEVELAND (AP) When he got back to the dugout, Austin Romine was greeted with smiling faces and laughter.

''Why does everyone have fun watching a catcher round the bases?'' he said.

Romine chuckled, too.

New York's backup catcher came all the way around and scored when Cleveland committed two errors on his routine double in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees edged the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Saturday night in a game that had several strange plays.

''It was a bit of a wacky game,'' said Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who was ejected in the sixth.

After the Indians tied it 4-all in the sixth when Jose Ramirez scored from second on an infield single, the Yankees went ahead off Mike Clevinger (7-5) on a play that brought Little League flashbacks back to everyone in the ballpark.

Romine hit a shot in the gap that rolled to the base of the wall in right-center. But as he neared second, Indians right fielder Brandon Guyer bobbled the ball and Romine headed to third. But as he slid into the bag, second baseman Erik Gonzalez's relay throw from the outfield skipped past Ramirez at third and headed toward Cleveland's dugout.

Clevinger did his best to corral the wayward throw on the track, but it had too much backspin, hopped out of play and Romine was awarded home.

''It was unknown territory for me to head to third, and it turned out good,'' Romine said, smiling. ''Crazy hops like that happen when you're playing hard. I don't think I've ever had one of those. I'm too busy trying to hit real home runs. I don't think I even had one back in Little League.''

Clevinger said it was frustrating not to be able to get his hands on Gonzalez's throw.

''It's like chasing butterflies,'' Clevinger said. ''Baseball's weird.''

Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer and Greg Bird added a solo shot for the Yankees, who moved 30 games over. 500 and kept pace with the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox.

Indians All-Star Ramirez belted his 29th homer, giving the third baseman as many homers as he had all last season - and tying Mickey Mantle's record for the most by a switch-hitter before the break.

David Robertson (7-3) struck out three, Dellin Bentances worked the eighth and Aroldis Chapman got his 26th save in 27 tries.

There was nice moment in the ninth when Indians catcher Yan Gomes found out he was an All-Star as he stepped in to face Chapman. Although Gomes struck out, he'll never forget the matchup.

''That was kind of a weird at-bat,'' he said. ''It was like the happiest strikeout. I had the weirdest feeling walking back. It was kind of weird.''

JOSE HUSTLE

Ramirez's hustle allowed the Indians to tie it sixth and chase CC Sabathia, who made his 527th career start.

The left-hander was an out away from escaping a second-and-third situation when Guyer hit a chopper to third that Miguel Andjuar fielded on an awkward hop. As Michael Brantley raced home, Yankees first baseman Bird came off the bag to grab his throw. Meanwhile, Ramirez never slowed when he rounded and scored ahead of Bird's throw with a head-first slide.

''He's done that a couple times now,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''The guy has been out at first so we haven't scored, but that's incredible. Guyer did a really good job of getting down the line, but Josey, that only works if you're going right from the jump. And it's just like, his baseball internal clock is amazing.''

OUTTA HERE

Boone missed all the action. He was ejected in the sixth inning following another interesting play.

Giancarlo Stanton swung and missed a 0-2 pitch that appeared to glance off the slugger's hand. Boone argued that it should have been a foul ball, and was tossed. By rule, a strike is called even when the ball hits a batter while swinging.

''It looks like they got the call right after I watched it up here (in the clubhouse),'' Boone said. ''I thought it was a foul ball, so I didn't think it was a good look, and I'm trying to influence things a little bit out there.''

MOVING UP

Sabathia tied Jerry Koosman and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Jack Morris for 36th place on the career starts list.

UP NEXT

Indians All-Star RHP Trevor Bauer (8-6, 2.23 ERA) takes on RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.68 ERA) in the series finale. Bauer has made seven straight quality starts with at least eight strikeouts and no home runs allowed, one shy of Pedro Martinez's record set in 2002. Bauer will only pitch in Tuesday's All-Star game if it goes to extra innings.

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NYY62-32
300001100591
CLE51-43
101002000442
  • W: D. Robertson (7-3)L: M. Clevinger (7-5)S: A. Chapman (26)
  • HR: NYY - D. Gregorius (17), G. Bird (8), CLE - J. Ramirez (29)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF41100112.254.346.405.7513.5
A. Judge RF41100031.277.394.548.9410.5
D. Gregorius SS31231101.263.327.477.80410.0
G. Stanton DH40100021.275.345.518.8620.0
A. Hicks CF40000023.248.346.492.839-1.0
G. Bird 1B41111010.221.325.471.7965.5
M. Andujar 3B40100000.283.319.495.8151.0
A. Romine C41100001.270.333.492.8253.0
T. Wade 2B40100020.192.236.327.5630.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40000011.294.370.568.938-0.5
    M. Brantley LF41110000.308.353.485.8383.0
    J. Ramirez 3B32111110.299.400.6301.0307.5
    E. Encarnacion 1B40000020.224.309.457.767-1.0
    B. Guyer RF30120100.167.274.306.5804.0
    F. Mejia DH20000201.000.500.000.5002.0
    G. Allen PR-DH00000000.204.241.285.5260.0
    Y. Gomes C40000024.247.307.437.745-1.0
    R. Davis CF40000012.241.297.290.587-0.5
    E. Gonzalez 2B31100010.297.333.429.7623.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Gardner (14), A. Romine (9)
      • HR - D. Gregorius (17), G. Bird (8)
      • RBI - D. Gregorius 3 (52), G. Bird (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Bird (9)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Ramirez (29)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (55), J. Ramirez (70), B. Guyer 2 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (25), B. Guyer 2 (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Gonzalez (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Andujar (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gonzalez-Lindor-Encarnacion)
      • E - E. Gonzalez (6), B. Guyer (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia5.24442213.511.276.0
      D. Robertson (W, 7-3)1.10001303.090.9610.5
      D. Betances (H, 15)1.00000202.611.044.0
      A. Chapman (S, 26)1.00001101.350.839.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia5.2
      D. Robertson (W, 7-3)1.1
      D. Betances (H, 15)1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 26)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (L, 7-5)6.07541823.471.245.0
      O. Perez0.20000100.690.540.5
      N. Ramirez1.10001203.001.053.0
      T. Olson0.10000007.501.610.0
      D. Otero0.22000005.601.16-2.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (L, 7-5)6.0
      O. Perez0.2
      N. Ramirez1.1
      T. Olson0.1
      D. Otero0.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 92-59, D. Robertson 28-17, D. Betances 18-10, A. Chapman 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 11-4, A. Chapman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 23, D. Robertson 5, D. Betances 3, A. Chapman 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 97-68, O. Perez 11-6, N. Ramirez 22-14, T. Olson 3-3, D. Otero 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-5, N. Ramirez 1-0, D. Otero 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 26, O. Perez 2, N. Ramirez 4, T. Olson, D. Otero 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      NYY62-32
      300001100591
      CLE51-43
      101002000442
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner LF41100112.254.346.405.7513.5
      A. Judge RF41100031.277.394.548.9410.5
      D. Gregorius SS31231101.263.327.477.80410.0
      G. Stanton DH40100021.275.345.518.8620.0
      A. Hicks CF40000023.248.346.492.839-1.0
      G. Bird 1B41111010.221.325.471.7965.5
      M. Andujar 3B40100000.283.319.495.8151.0
      A. Romine C41100001.270.333.492.8253.0
      T. Wade 2B40100020.192.236.327.5630.0
      Total3559422119-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS40000011.294.370.568.938-0.5
        M. Brantley LF41110000.308.353.485.8383.0
        J. Ramirez 3B32111110.299.400.6301.0307.5
        E. Encarnacion 1B40000020.224.309.457.767-1.0
        B. Guyer RF30120100.167.274.306.5804.0
        F. Mejia DH20000201.000.500.000.5002.0
        G. Allen PR-DH00000000.204.241.285.5260.0
        Y. Gomes C40000024.247.307.437.745-1.0
        R. Davis CF40000012.241.297.290.587-0.5
        E. Gonzalez 2B31100010.297.333.429.7623.5
        Total314441488-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Gardner (14), A. Romine (9)
          • HR - D. Gregorius (17), G. Bird (8)
          • RBI - D. Gregorius 3 (52), G. Bird (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Bird (9)
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Ramirez (29)
          • RBI - M. Brantley (55), J. Ramirez (70), B. Guyer 2 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (25), B. Guyer 2 (8)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - E. Gonzalez (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - M. Andujar (7)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Gonzalez-Lindor-Encarnacion)
          • E - E. Gonzalez (6), B. Guyer (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sabathia5.24442213.511.276.0
          D. Robertson (W, 7-3)1.10001303.090.9610.5
          D. Betances (H, 15)1.00000202.611.044.0
          A. Chapman (S, 26)1.00001101.350.839.5
          Total9.0444481---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sabathia5.2
          D. Robertson (W, 7-3)1.1
          D. Betances (H, 15)1.0
          A. Chapman (S, 26)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Clevinger (L, 7-5)6.07541823.471.245.0
          O. Perez0.20000100.690.540.5
          N. Ramirez1.10001203.001.053.0
          T. Olson0.10000007.501.610.0
          D. Otero0.22000005.601.16-2.0
          Total9.09542112---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Clevinger (L, 7-5)6.0
          O. Perez0.2
          N. Ramirez1.1
          T. Olson0.1
          D. Otero0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 92-59, D. Robertson 28-17, D. Betances 18-10, A. Chapman 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 11-4, A. Chapman 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 23, D. Robertson 5, D. Betances 3, A. Chapman 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 97-68, O. Perez 11-6, N. Ramirez 22-14, T. Olson 3-3, D. Otero 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-5, N. Ramirez 1-0, D. Otero 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 26, O. Perez 2, N. Ramirez 4, T. Olson, D. Otero 4
          • 7TH INNING
            Romine doubled to deep right center, Romine scored on right fielder Guyer fielding error54
          • 6TH INNING
            Guyer reached on an infield single to third, Brantley and Ramirez scored44
            Bird homered to right42
          • 3RD INNING
            Brantley grounded out to first, Gonzalez scored32
          • 1ST INNING
            Ramirez homered to left center31
            Gregorius homered to center, Gardner and Judge scored30
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tyler Olson relieved Neil Ramirez
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bird fouled out to catcher
            • Dan Otero relieved Tyler Olson
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Andujar singled to shallow center
            • A. Romine: Ball, Romine reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Andujar out at second
            • T. Wade: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wade singled to right, Romine to third
            • B. Gardner: Foul, Foul, Gardner lined out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Dellin Betances
            • B. Guyer: Foul on 3rd baseman Andujar dropped ball error, Strike looking, Guyer grounded out to shortstop
            • F. Mejia: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mejia walked
            • Greg Allen ran for Francisco Mejia
            • Y. Gomes: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Gomes struck out on foul tip
            • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • N. Ramirez Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Hicks grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gregorius out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Dellin Betances relieved David Robertson
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley popped out to shortstop
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Romine doubled to deep right center, Romine scored on right fielder Guyer fielding error
            • Oliver Perez relieved Mike Clevinger
            • T. Wade: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gardner flied out to deep left
            • Neil Ramirez relieved Oliver Perez
            • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
            • D. Robertson Pitching:
            • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor flied out to deep center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks flied out to deep center
            • G. Bird: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bird homered to right
            • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Andujar popped out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley singled to shallow right center
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked, Brantley to second
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion grounded out to third, Brantley to third, Ramirez to second
            • B. Guyer: Guyer reached on an infield single to third, Brantley and Ramirez scored
            • David Robertson relieved CC Sabathia
            • F. Mejia: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Mejia walked, Guyer to second
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • T. Wade: Foul, Wade grounded out to second
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Gardner doubled to deep left
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gregorius popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes grounded out to third
            • R. Davis: Davis flied out to center
            • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Gonzalez popped out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Foul, Andujar popped out to shortstop
            • A. Romine: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Romine grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Guyer grounded out to shortstop
            • F. Mejia: Strike looking, Ball, Mejia grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Judge struck out on foul tip
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gregorius singled to right
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Stanton singled to left, Gregorius to second
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez singled to left
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez stole second, Lindor grounded out to shortstop, Gonzalez to third
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley grounded out to first, Gonzalez scored
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Andujar fouled out to left
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Romine grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Wade: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • B. Guyer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Guyer walked
            • F. Mejia: Ball, Ball, Mejia lined out to right
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gomes lined out to left
            • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davis grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Judge singled to shallow left, Gardner to second
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius homered to center, Gardner and Judge scored
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Stanton grounded out to second
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bird grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez homered to left center
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)