Brantley's homer lifts Indians to 5-2 win over Yankees

CLEVELAND (AP) With a flight to catch, Michael Brantley quickly dressed and stuffed some batting gloves, cleats and other gear into a red-white-and-blue duffel bag.

Brantley's headed to the All-Star Game. Before leaving, he again showed why he's going.

Brantley homered leading off the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Indians headed into the break with a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday to split the four-game series between teams that could see each other in October.

One of six Indians selected to play Tuesday in Washington, Brantley broke a 2-2 tie by belting a pitch from Chad Green (5-2) into the seats in right for his 12th homer - and 17th game-tying or go-ahead RBI this season.

''I got a pitch out over the plate, put a good swing on it and was lucky to give us the lead,'' Brantley said. ''At the same time, the guys behind me did a great job putting quality at-bats together and scoring an extra couple of runs. It was nice.''

Following Brantley's shot, the Indians added two insurance runs in the inning when Jose Ramirez dashed home on a sacrifice fly by Yan Gomes and Green uncorked a wild pitch.

Neil Walker homered for the Yankees, who are 29 games over .500 but trail the scorching Boston Red Sox by 4 1/2 games in the AL East.

''There's nothing we can do about it,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''We've got the Mets. That's our next up. Hopefully we get some cooperation standings-wise, but you'll drive yourself crazy in July trying to keep track of that.''

Carlos Carrasco (11-5) earned his first win in relief since July 19, 2014. The right-hander was available after pitching only five innings in Wednesday night's 19-4 blowout of Cincinnati.

Cody Allen struck out two in the ninth and earned his 20th save in 21 opportunities, but Cleveland's win ended with the Indians holding their breath after Edwin Encarnacion was hit in the eighth.

Cleveland's cleanup hitter homered in the fourth, but had to leave after being hit by a pitch on the right hand. Though it initially appeared Encarnacion might be badly hurt, Terry Francona said the slugger is OK.

''He got the meat of the hand fortunately, and he checked out fine,'' he said. ''That was a big sigh of relief. That looked like it whacked him pretty good.''

Aaron Judge struck out three times against All-Star Trevor Bauer, and Giancarlo Stanton fanned twice for New York.

Battling the heat early on, Bauer held the power-packed Bronx Bombers in check for seven innings, limiting them to two runs and seven hits. The right-hander will not pitch on Tuesday at Nationals Park unless the game goes to extra innings and Houston manager A.J. Hinch runs out of arms.

''Yeah, I'd love to be on the mound Tuesday,'' Bauer said ''Who knows? It's not my decision where I pitch or not. I'm probably the only person in baseball rooting for extra innings in the All-Star Game.''

New York's Masahiro Tanaka was just as good, allowing two runs and six hits in his second start since coming off the disabled list. He's unbeaten in his last 11 starts stretching back to April 17.

Tanaka coasted through three innings before Encarnacion tied it 2-2 in the fourth with home run No. 22.

''Edwin's hit was huge,'' Francona said. ''To beat Tanaka, to be competitive against him, you got to be so disciplined and that split is such a good pitch and we were kind of having a hard time. And then when Edwin tied it with one swing, you're like, `OK, at least we're not losing.' That was a huge hit for us.''

ELITE COMPANY

Ramirez is just the fifth player in history with at least 25 homers and 20 steals before the All-Star break, joining Bobby Bonds (1973), Eric Davis (1987), Alex Rodriguez (1998) and Alfonso Soriano (2006).

BREAK TIME

Boone didn't have any say in his plans for the All-Star break.

''I heard I'm going to Six Flags,'' he said, referring to the amusement park. Boone is looking forward to being with his family and ''doing a little summer time.''

Francona has a new home in Tucson, Arizona, which needs carpet and other necessities before he moves in after the season. Beyond some decorating, he's anxious for some down time.

''I can spend three days just swimming and laying in the sun,'' he said. "And I can use it. I'm wiped out.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: C Gary Sanchez homered for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and played seven innings in the first game of his rehab stint. Sanchez has been out since June 25 with a strained right groin.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller is pitching at Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. The former All-Star has been out with inflammation in his right knee, but he's progressed to the point where he can pitch in games.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Open a three-game series at home with the Mets on Friday.

Indians: Start the season's second half Friday at Texas.

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  • W: C. Carrasco (11-5)L: C. Green (5-2)S: C. Allen (20)
  • HR: NYY - N. Walker (3), CLE - E. Encarnacion (22), M. Brantley (12)
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A. Judge DH40100031.276.392.544.937-0.5
D. Gregorius SS40100011.263.326.474.8000.5
G. Stanton RF40200022.278.346.518.8643.0
A. Hicks CF30110111.249.348.491.8392.5
G. Bird 1B40000015.214.317.457.774-0.5
M. Andujar 3B40000020.279.316.489.805-1.0
K. Higashioka C30000000.167.242.500.7420.0
a- C. Frazier PH00000000.265.390.353.7431.0
N. Walker 2B41111011.197.278.285.5635.5
  • a-hit by pitch for Higashioka in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40000003.291.367.562.9290.0
M. Brantley LF32111101.308.355.493.8488.0
J. Ramirez 3B41200021.302.401.6281.0294.0
E. Encarnacion DH31121001.225.311.466.7778.0
E. Gonzalez PR-DH01000000.297.333.429.7623.0
Y. Alonso 1B40100023.258.324.434.7580.0
J. Kipnis 2B30200111.222.312.360.6724.5
R. Perez C30000013.148.231.222.454-0.5
R. Davis PR0000-000.241.297.290.000-
Y. Gomes C00010000.247.306.437.7441.0
T. Naquin RF40100012.275.309.359.6680.5
G. Allen CF20100000.209.245.288.5331.0
    BATTING
    • HR - N. Walker (3)
    • RBI - A. Hicks (44), N. Walker (19)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Hicks (13), N. Walker (10)
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Brantley (12), E. Encarnacion (22)
    • SF - Y. Gomes (2)
    • SH - G. Allen (3)
    • RBI - M. Brantley (56), E. Encarnacion 2 (65), Y. Gomes (32)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Stanton (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (20), E. Gonzalez (3), J. Kipnis (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gregorius-Bird)
    • E - K. Higashioka
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Tanaka6.16221514.541.1314.5
    C. Green (L, 5-2)1.23331212.741.02-8.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Tanaka6.1
    C. Green (L, 5-2)1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer7.07221712.241.0817.5
    C. Carrasco (W, 11-5)1.00000204.121.1711.0
    C. Allen (S, 20)1.00000204.661.1911.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer7.0
    C. Carrasco (W, 11-5)1.0
    C. Allen (S, 20)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Green (2)
    • IBB - C. Green
    • HBP - C. Green
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 77-54, C. Green 37-25
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 9-4
    • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 25, C. Green 10
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Bauer (11)
    • HBP - C. Allen (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 110-74, C. Carrasco 14-8, C. Allen 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 3-11, C. Carrasco 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 29, C. Carrasco 3, C. Allen 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF41100000.254.345.403.7482.0
    A. Judge DH40100031.276.392.544.937-0.5
    D. Gregorius SS40100011.263.326.474.8000.5
    G. Stanton RF40200022.278.346.518.8643.0
    A. Hicks CF30110111.249.348.491.8392.5
    G. Bird 1B40000015.214.317.457.774-0.5
    M. Andujar 3B40000020.279.316.489.805-1.0
    K. Higashioka C30000000.167.242.500.7420.0
    a- C. Frazier PH00000000.265.390.353.7431.0
    N. Walker 2B41111011.197.278.285.5635.5
    Total34272111111-----
    • a-hit by pitch for Higashioka in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40000003.291.367.562.9290.0
    M. Brantley LF32111101.308.355.493.8488.0
    J. Ramirez 3B41200021.302.401.6281.0294.0
    E. Encarnacion DH31121001.225.311.466.7778.0
    E. Gonzalez PR-DH01000000.297.333.429.7623.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40100023.258.324.434.7580.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30200111.222.312.360.6724.5
    R. Perez C30000013.148.231.222.454-0.5
    R. Davis PR0000-000.241.297.290.000-
    Y. Gomes C00010000.247.306.437.7441.0
    T. Naquin RF40100012.275.309.359.6680.5
    G. Allen CF20100000.209.245.288.5331.0
    Total3059422715-----
      BATTING
      • HR - N. Walker (3)
      • RBI - A. Hicks (44), N. Walker (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Hicks (13), N. Walker (10)
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Brantley (12), E. Encarnacion (22)
      • SF - Y. Gomes (2)
      • SH - G. Allen (3)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (56), E. Encarnacion 2 (65), Y. Gomes (32)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Stanton (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (20), E. Gonzalez (3), J. Kipnis (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gregorius-Bird)
      • E - K. Higashioka
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka6.16221514.541.1314.5
      C. Green (L, 5-2)1.23331212.741.02-8.0
      Total8.0955272---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka6.1
      C. Green (L, 5-2)1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer7.07221712.241.0817.5
      C. Carrasco (W, 11-5)1.00000204.121.1711.0
      C. Allen (S, 20)1.00000204.661.1911.0
      Total9.07221111---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer7.0
      C. Carrasco (W, 11-5)1.0
      C. Allen (S, 20)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Green (2)
      • IBB - C. Green
      • HBP - C. Green
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 77-54, C. Green 37-25
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 9-4
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 25, C. Green 10
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Bauer (11)
      • HBP - C. Allen (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 110-74, C. Carrasco 14-8, C. Allen 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 3-11, C. Carrasco 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 29, C. Carrasco 3, C. Allen 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Gonzalez scored, Kipnis to third on wild pitch25
        Gomes hit sacrifice fly to right, Ramirez scored, Gonzalez to third24
        Brantley homered to right23
      • 4TH INNING
        Encarnacion homered to left, Brantley scored22
        Walker homered to right center20
      • 3RD INNING
        Hicks singled to right, Gardner scored, Gregorius to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Cody Allen relieved Carlos Carrasco
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • Clint Frazier hit for Kyle Higashioka
        • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier hit by pitch
        • N. Walker: Walker popped out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Carlos Carrasco relieved Trevor Bauer
        • Yan Gomes catching
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Green Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley homered to right
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez singled to right center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ramirez stole second, Ramirez to third on catcher Higashioka fielding error, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion hit by pitch
        • Erik Gonzalez ran for Edwin Encarnacion
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis intentionally walked
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes hit sacrifice fly to right, Ramirez scored, Gonzalez to third
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Kipnis stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez scored, Kipnis to third on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Naquin struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Walker lined out to left
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner flied out to center
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kipnis singled to center
        • R. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Perez reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Kipnis out at second
        • Chad Green relieved Masahiro Tanaka
        • Rajai Davis ran for Roberto Perez
        • T. Naquin: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Naquin flied out to left
        • G. Allen: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Allen singled to center, Davis to third
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Bird popped out to second
        • M. Andujar: Andujar grounded out to second
        • K. Higashioka: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Higashioka flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez singled to center
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to center
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded into double play shortstop to first, Ramirez out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius lined out to center
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Stanton singled to center
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Stanton stole second, Hicks lined out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin singled to left
        • G. Allen: Allen hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Naquin to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded out to first, Naquin to third
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andujar lined out to center
        • K. Higashioka: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Higashioka flied out to left
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Walker homered to right center
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Encarnacion homered to left, Brantley scored
        • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Alonso singled to shallow right
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gardner singled to right
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Gardner to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius singled to right, Gardner to third
        • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stanton struck out looking
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks singled to right, Gardner scored, Gregorius to second
        • G. Bird: Foul, Bird flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Naquin grounded out to second
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Allen grounded out to pitcher
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor flied out to deep left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • K. Higashioka: Higashioka popped out to second
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion grounded out to third
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis singled to right
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Foul, Gardner fouled out to catcher
        • A. Judge: Judge singled to deep left
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stanton singled to center, Judge to third
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks walked, Stanton to second
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Foul, Bird grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley lined out to left
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Ramirez struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)