Mercado homers off Sabathia, Indians beat Yankees 8-4

CLEVELAND (AP) CC Sabathia made what was likely the final outing at Progressive Field of his storied career Saturday.

It didn't go the way the 38-year-old left-hander hoped.

Rookie Oscar Mercado hit a two-run homer off Sabathia to break a fifth-inning tie and the Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 8-4.

Not only did Sabathia (3-3) fail to get the 250th win of his career, he tweaked his bothersome right knee that landed him on the injured list from May 23-June 2.

Sabathia admitted he felt a sharp pain fielding Kevin Plawecki's high chopper to the left of the mound to begin the fifth. Sabathia got to the ball quickly and made a strong throw to first for the out, but came up limping.

Following the game Sabathia was more focused on his tough day than any emotion he might have felt.

''Honestly, I didn't feel like I had anything today,'' he said. ''I didn't feel like my stuff was sharp. They were just missing the ball.''

Francisco Lindor doubled with two outs and Mercado, who hit his third home run since being called up May 14, pumped his fist after rounding first base and giving his team the lead.

Sabathia was removed after the fifth, allowing four runs. He began his career with the Indians in 2001 and is retiring after this season.

Adam Plutko (2-1), called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game admitted going against Sabathia made for a special day.

''I've been a huge fan of CC Sabathia for a long time,'' Plutko said. ''It's something that I'll remember for sure for the rest of my life.''

Roberto Perez homered in his fourth straight game - a two-run shot off Jonathan Holder in the sixth. He had an RBI double against Sabathia in the fourth.

''He's been in the league for so long,'' Perez said. ''He's been an All-Star. He's probably going to be a Hall of Famer. He's always tough, man. Always tough.''

The Indians have won four of five on their homestand against AL division leaders New York and Minnesota.

Didi Gregorius hit a home run in his second game back with New York this season. The Yankees have lost five of six.

Plawecki also homered off Holder in the sixth.

Plutko retired 16 of the final 17 hitters he faced following Gregorius' homer in the first. The right-hander sent down the last 10 hitters, giving up two runs in six innings.

Gregorius had two hits Friday and played shortstop for the second straight game. Gleyber Torres, who missed two games with a sore left shoulder, started at second base and drove in a run.

LOOK OUT

Slumping Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, hitless in his last 22 at-bats, suffered a cut lip when he threw his batting helmet against a dugout wall, only to have the protective gear ricochet back and hit him in the face.

The outburst occurred right after his bid for extra bases was denied by an outstanding catch in right field by Jordan Luplow in the sixth inning.

''It was just frustration building up, we gave up the lead,'' he said. ''You hit a ball like that that's an out, it's just frustrating.''

The helmet opened a gash on Gardner's lower lip that required six stitches. He said getting the stitches hurt more than being hit with the helmet.

BIG HIT

Mercado was down 0-2 in the count before hitting his home run off Sabathia.

''Those are usually the guys CC kind of can carve up because he's a veteran and he's been doing it for a long time,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.

''Just trying to go backdoor slider,'' Sabathia said. ''I know he had seen a couple in the game. I just left it up and he made a good swing.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Put RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who was scheduled to start Sunday on the paternity leave list. Manager Aaron Boone said Tanaka will start Monday against the Mets. ... Boone said RHP Dellin Betances (shoulder impingement) will be examined by team doctors in New York on Monday after feeling soreness in his shoulder/lat area while throwing at the team complex in Tampa, Florida. Boone said Betances threw Wednesday, but a session scheduled for Friday was scrubbed. ''I think it's good, but we want to run him through some more (tests),'' Boone said ... OF Giancarlo Stanton played in a simulated game after an extended spring training game was rained out. He was hit on the middle of the back by a pitch in his third plate appearance. He walked straight into the dugout, grabbed his gear and then walked to the clubhouse.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Boone said reliever Chad Green will start Sunday in what will likely be a bullpen day.

Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (5-2, 3.57 ERA) has won his last three decisions.

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  • W: A. Plutko (2-1)L: C. Sabathia (3-3)
  • HR: NYY - D. Gregorius (1), CLE - R. Perez (11), K. Plawecki (2), O. Mercado (3)
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D. LeMahieu 1B41200000.320.368.472.8393.0
A. Hicks CF30000102.229.321.414.7351.0
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G. Torres 2B41110010.279.325.522.8473.5
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G. Urshela 3B30010021.311.354.451.8050.0
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS41200010.307.375.551.9263.5
O. Mercado LF41221011.300.364.486.8498.5
C. Santana 1B41100002.286.403.513.9162.0
J. Luplow RF32200101.260.322.548.8706.0
J. Ramirez 3B21010122.198.296.297.5932.0
R. Perez DH41231012.235.333.500.8339.5
J. Kipnis 2B40200001.220.275.311.5852.0
K. Plawecki C31121002.171.263.343.6057.0
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    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Torres (13), C. Frazier (8)
    • HR - D. Gregorius
    • SF - G. Urshela (4)
    • RBI - D. Gregorius 2 (2), G. Torres (32), G. Urshela (25)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Gregorius 2 (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks, D. Gregorius, G. Urshela, G. Sanchez
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (8), O. Mercado (4), J. Luplow (6), R. Perez (3)
    • HR - O. Mercado (3), R. Perez (11), K. Plawecki (2)
    • SF - J. Ramirez (2), K. Plawecki
    • RBI - O. Mercado 2 (7), J. Ramirez (21), R. Perez 3 (25), K. Plawecki 2 (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - O. Mercado 2 (4), K. Plawecki (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Luplow, K. Plawecki 2 (2), L. Martin
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Urshela-Torres-LeMahieu; Torres-Gregorius)
    FIELDING
    • E - O. Perez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sabathia (L, 3-3)5.07441513.961.280.5
    J. Holder1.03330224.881.24-2.0
    L. Cessa2.02111105.281.482.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sabathia (L, 3-3)5.0
    J. Holder1.0
    L. Cessa2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Plutko (W, 2-1)6.03220415.191.0425.0
    O. Perez0.12220004.421.09-4.0
    A. Cimber0.20001003.631.21-1.0
    N. Wittgren (H, 7)1.00001002.250.962.0
    B. Hand1.01000100.980.762.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Plutko (W, 2-1)6.0
    O. Perez0.1
    A. Cimber0.2
    N. Wittgren (H, 7)1.0
    B. Hand1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 69-45, J. Holder 24-18, L. Cessa 28-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 4-4, J. Holder 1-0, L. Cessa 2-3
    • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 21, J. Holder 6, L. Cessa 9
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 85-61, O. Perez 6-6, A. Cimber 12-6, N. Wittgren 21-13, B. Hand 11-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 3-11, O. Perez 1-0, A. Cimber 1-1, N. Wittgren 3-0, B. Hand 2-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 21, O. Perez 3, A. Cimber 3, N. Wittgren 4, B. Hand 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Gardner LF40000010.217.293.406.699-0.5
    D. LeMahieu 1B41200000.320.368.472.8393.0
    A. Hicks CF30000102.229.321.414.7351.0
    D. Gregorius SS42221001.500.500.8751.3759.0
    G. Torres 2B41110010.279.325.522.8473.5
    K. Morales DH40000001.182.306.236.5420.0
    C. Frazier RF30100110.276.330.528.8572.5
    G. Urshela 3B30010021.311.354.451.8050.0
    A. Romine C20000000.205.213.261.4750.0
    a- G. Sanchez PH-C10000001.260.332.627.9590.0
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    J. Holder P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-grounded out for Romine in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS41200010.307.375.551.9263.5
    O. Mercado LF41221011.300.364.486.8498.5
    C. Santana 1B41100002.286.403.513.9162.0
    J. Luplow RF32200101.260.322.548.8706.0
    J. Ramirez 3B21010122.198.296.297.5932.0
    R. Perez DH41231012.235.333.500.8339.5
    J. Kipnis 2B40200001.220.275.311.5852.0
    K. Plawecki C31121002.171.263.343.6057.0
    L. Martin CF40000031.204.281.335.616-1.5
    A. Plutko P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    O. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Cimber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    B. Hand P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Torres (13), C. Frazier (8)
      • HR - D. Gregorius
      • SF - G. Urshela (4)
      • RBI - D. Gregorius 2 (2), G. Torres (32), G. Urshela (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Gregorius 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks, D. Gregorius, G. Urshela, G. Sanchez
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (8), O. Mercado (4), J. Luplow (6), R. Perez (3)
      • HR - O. Mercado (3), R. Perez (11), K. Plawecki (2)
      • SF - J. Ramirez (2), K. Plawecki
      • RBI - O. Mercado 2 (7), J. Ramirez (21), R. Perez 3 (25), K. Plawecki 2 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - O. Mercado 2 (4), K. Plawecki (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Luplow, K. Plawecki 2 (2), L. Martin
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Urshela-Torres-LeMahieu; Torres-Gregorius)
      FIELDING
      • E - O. Perez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia (L, 3-3)5.07441513.961.280.5
      J. Holder1.03330224.881.24-2.0
      L. Cessa2.02111105.281.482.5
      Total8.01288283---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia (L, 3-3)5.0
      J. Holder1.0
      L. Cessa2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Plutko (W, 2-1)6.03220415.191.0425.0
      O. Perez0.12220004.421.09-4.0
      A. Cimber0.20001003.631.21-1.0
      N. Wittgren (H, 7)1.00001002.250.962.0
      B. Hand1.01000100.980.762.5
      Total9.0644251---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Plutko (W, 2-1)6.0
      O. Perez0.1
      A. Cimber0.2
      N. Wittgren (H, 7)1.0
      B. Hand1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 69-45, J. Holder 24-18, L. Cessa 28-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 4-4, J. Holder 1-0, L. Cessa 2-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 21, J. Holder 6, L. Cessa 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 85-61, O. Perez 6-6, A. Cimber 12-6, N. Wittgren 21-13, B. Hand 11-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 3-11, O. Perez 1-0, A. Cimber 1-1, N. Wittgren 3-0, B. Hand 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 21, O. Perez 3, A. Cimber 3, N. Wittgren 4, B. Hand 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Plawecki hit sacrifice fly to right, Ramirez scored48
      • 7TH INNING
        Urshela hit sacrifice fly to center, Torres scored47
        Torres doubled to deep right center, Gregorius scored37
      • 6TH INNING
        Plawecki homered to left27
        Perez homered to left, Luplow scored26
      • 5TH INNING
        Hicks homered to right center, Lindor scored24
      • 4TH INNING
        Perez doubled to left center, Luplow scored22
        Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to right, Santana scored, Luplow to third21
      • 1ST INNING
        Gregorius homered to right, LeMahieu scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brad Hand relieved Nick Wittgren
        • G. Torres: Foul, Ball, Torres grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Morales: Morales grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier doubled to deep right center
        • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Nick Wittgren relieved Adam Cimber
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gardner grounded out to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks walked
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Gregorius grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Cessa Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • R. Perez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Perez lined out to right
        • J. Kipnis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks singled to right, Ramirez to third
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Plawecki hit sacrifice fly to right, Ramirez scored
        • L. Martin: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Oliver Perez relieved Adam Plutko
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius reached on an infield single to pitcher, Gregorius to second on Perez throwing error
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres doubled to deep right center, Gregorius scored
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Foul, Hicks grounded out to shortstop, Torres to third
        • Adam Cimber relieved Oliver Perez
        • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier walked
        • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Urshela hit sacrifice fly to center, Torres scored
        • Gary Sanchez hit for Austin Romine
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Luis Cessa relieved Jonathan Holder
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Lindor lined out to shortstop
        • O. Mercado: Mercado doubled to deep left
        • Ca. Santana: Santana grounded out to first, Mercado to third
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Luplow grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner flied out to deep right
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu lined out to pitcher
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jonathan Holder relieved CC Sabathia
        • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Luplow singled to left
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Ramirez struck out on foul tip
        • R. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Perez homered to left, Luplow scored
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Hicks grounded out to second
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Plawecki homered to left
        • L. Martin: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • C. Frazier: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Frazier flied out to center
        • G. Urshela: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
        • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Morales grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Plawecki grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Martin flied out to deep right
        • F. Lindor: Lindor doubled to left
        • O. Mercado: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hicks homered to right center, Lindor scored
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Santana grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius popped out to second
        • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Santana singled to right
        • J. Luplow: Luplow doubled to left, Santana to third
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to right, Santana scored, Luplow to third
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez doubled to left center, Luplow scored
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis lined into double play second to shortstop, Perez out at second
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Romine flied out to shallow left
        • B. Gardner: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gardner flied out to right
        • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu singled to right
        • A. Hicks: Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Hicks popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Morales flied out to center
        • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Urshela grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis singled to center, Luplow to second
        • K. Plawecki: Plawecki reached on fielder's choice to third, Luplow out at third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks flied out to center
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius homered to right, LeMahieu scored
        • G. Torres: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Torres lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor singled to left
        • O. Mercado: Foul, Mercado flied out to center
        • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana grounded into double play third to second to first, Lindor out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)