Tanaka, Judge help Yankees rebound with 3-2 win over Indians

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge was happy with his first multihit game in nearly two weeks, but it was a defensive gem by teammate Brett Gardner that had the right fielder buzzing.

In a game with a postseason feel, Judge broke out of his slump with two hits and two runs, Gardner made a game-saving catch in center and the New York Yankees rebounded from their worst home loss of the year with a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

''That was a big-time play,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''He didn't have to leave his feet or anything like that, but you're not going to see a lot of better plays - especially in that spot.''

With one out in the eighth inning and Tyler Naquin on second in a one-run game, Francisco Lindor hit a 374-foot drive off Zack Britton to deep right-center field. Gardner raced back, made the grab and held onto the ball as he ran into the fence in front of the Yankees' bullpen.

''Ten out of 10 times I know he's going to make that play,'' Judge said. ''Where he was positioned, the jump he got and from my view how he was tracking it down - I know he had a good bead on it, and he saved the game for us.''

Masahiro Tanaka pitched effectively into the seventh and New York (82-42) clinched its 27th consecutive winning record since 1993, the second-longest streak in major league history behind the Yankees' run of 39 seasons from 1926-64.

Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres each had an RBI single for the AL East leaders, who increased their cushion to 10 1/2 games over Tampa Bay. They won for the 15th time in 18 tries and bounced right back from a 19-5 defeat Thursday night in the opener of this four-game series.

''It was a big play,'' Gardner said. ''Obviously if I don't get to it, there's no telling how the rest of the game unfolds.''

Jose Ramirez and Yasiel Puig homered for the Indians, who dropped 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Twins in the AL Central. Minnesota won 4-3 at Texas.

The Indians, leading the wild-card standings, lost for just the fourth time in 19 road games. They are a big league-best 45-19 since June 4.

''Nobody expected this series is going to be easy for us,'' Puig said. ''This is a good team that we faced.''

Tanaka (9-6) tossed 6 1/3 solid innings, allowing two runs and four hits - three to the red-hot Ramirez. The right-hander struck out two, walked none and got 10 outs on grounders.

It was the second straight strong outing for Tanaka, who modified his splitter grip after giving up 12 runs July 25 in Boston. He permitted seven runs over his first two starts following that 19-3 loss but threw eight-plus innings of three-hit ball Sunday in a 1-0 win at Toronto.

This time, Tanaka fired 27 splitters and got six groundball outs on them. He worked quickly and allowed just four baserunners.

Judge had his first multihit game since Aug. 3, a night after going 0 for 5 with four strikeouts. He entered the game with three hits in his previous 31 at-bats but singled, doubled and reached safely three times.

''Any game you get a hit your first at-bat, it's usually a pretty good thing,'' Judge said. ''It's tough to get two, so I'm just glad I could contribute tonight.''

Judge scored New York's first run on Sanchez's RBI single in the first and another in the fifth on a base hit by Gio Urshela when Puig bobbled the ball in right field for an error.

Ramirez hit his 20th homer and third of the series in the second. He also singled to open the fifth, but Tanaka did not allow another hit until Puig went deep in the seventh.

Tanaka gave up a sharp double to Ramirez following Puig's homer and walked off the mound to a nice ovation.

Tommy Kahnle struck out two in the seventh and Britton - aided by Gardner's clutch catch - worked around an error in a scoreless eighth.

''I thought Frankie's ball had a chance to get out,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Aroldis Chapman converted his 34th save in 39 chances. New York held the Indians to four hits after giving up 24 the night before.

Indians rookie Aaron Civale (1-2) allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits in six innings.

ROSTER MOVES

The Yankees recalled RHP Ryan Dull from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, two days after claiming him off waivers from San Francisco. ... LHP Joe Mantiply and RHP Brady Lail were sent outright to Triple-A.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco faced hitters for the first time since being diagnosed in June with a treatable form of leukemia. He threw 25 pitches of batting practice at Class A Lake County. Francona said everything went well and the team will determine what the next step is. ... RHP Dan Otero (shoulder inflammation) and Tyler Olson (shingles) pitched in a minor league game with Triple-A Columbus.

Yankees: 1B-DH Luke Voit (sports hernia) ran the bases and took grounders. Voit will join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday to continue his workouts and could start a rehab assignment by the end of next week.

UP NEXT

Indians rookie right-hander Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.27 ERA) pitches Saturday against lefty James Paxton (8-6, 4.40).

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  • W: M. Tanaka (9-6)L: A. Civale (1-2)S: A. Chapman (34)
  • HR: CLE - Y. Puig (24), J. Ramirez (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Lindor SS40000001.300.355.515.8700.0
G. Allen CF40000011.250.307.414.722-0.5
C. Santana 1B30000100.288.412.549.9611.0
Y. Puig RF41111001.264.314.488.8026.0
J. Ramirez 3B41311011.253.326.464.7898.5
J. Kipnis 2B40000023.255.315.411.726-1.0
F. Reyes DH30000022.241.295.501.796-1.0
T. Naquin LF30000001.282.312.472.7840.0
R. Perez C20000000.228.314.460.7740.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 3B40100001.337.385.532.9182.0
    A. Judge RF32200100.262.387.452.8386.0
    G. Urshela DH40300010.342.383.587.9702.5
    D. Gregorius SS41000016.266.290.459.7490.5
    G. Sanchez C30110103.236.308.525.8333.0
    G. Torres 2B40110004.282.347.523.8702.0
    B. Gardner CF40100003.253.336.482.8182.0
    C. Maybin LF30100121.313.392.528.9202.0
    M. Ford 1B40000013.156.278.338.615-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (32)
      • HR - Y. Puig (24), J. Ramirez (20)
      • SH - R. Perez (5)
      • RBI - Y. Puig (70), J. Ramirez (74)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Allen, J. Kipnis, F. Reyes, T. Naquin
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. LeMahieu (27), A. Judge (11), B. Gardner (20), C. Maybin (14)
      • RBI - G. Sanchez (65), G. Torres (71)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Sanchez (26), G. Torres (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Gregorius, G. Torres 3 (3), B. Gardner 2 (2), C. Maybin, M. Ford 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - Y. Puig (7)
      • DP - (Puig-Perez)
      • E - Y. Puig (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Ford
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Civale (L, 1-2)6.08322401.500.966.0
      A. Cimber0.02001003.641.23-3.0
      O. Perez0.10000002.781.180.0
      T. Clippard1.20000102.640.863.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Civale (L, 1-2)6.0
      A. Cimber0.0
      O. Perez0.1
      T. Clippard1.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (W, 9-6)6.14220224.561.2423.0
      T. Kahnle (H, 22)0.20000202.880.941.0
      Z. Britton (H, 26)1.00000002.131.223.0
      A. Chapman (S, 34)1.00001202.401.1710.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (W, 9-6)6.1
      T. Kahnle (H, 22)0.2
      Z. Britton (H, 26)1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 34)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Civale
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Civale 91-58, A. Cimber 9-4, O. Perez 2-1, T. Clippard 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Civale 5-8, T. Clippard 2-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Civale 27, A. Cimber 3, O. Perez, T. Clippard 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 83-56, T. Kahnle 10-8, Z. Britton 10-5, A. Chapman 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 10-7, Z. Britton 3-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 23, T. Kahnle 2, Z. Britton 4, A. Chapman 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS40000001.300.355.515.8700.0
      G. Allen CF40000011.250.307.414.722-0.5
      C. Santana 1B30000100.288.412.549.9611.0
      Y. Puig RF41111001.264.314.488.8026.0
      J. Ramirez 3B41311011.253.326.464.7898.5
      J. Kipnis 2B40000023.255.315.411.726-1.0
      F. Reyes DH30000022.241.295.501.796-1.0
      T. Naquin LF30000001.282.312.472.7840.0
      R. Perez C20000000.228.314.460.7740.0
      Total3124221610-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. LeMahieu 3B40100001.337.385.532.9182.0
        A. Judge RF32200100.262.387.452.8386.0
        G. Urshela DH40300010.342.383.587.9702.5
        D. Gregorius SS41000016.266.290.459.7490.5
        G. Sanchez C30110103.236.308.525.8333.0
        G. Torres 2B40110004.282.347.523.8702.0
        B. Gardner CF40100003.253.336.482.8182.0
        C. Maybin LF30100121.313.392.528.9202.0
        M. Ford 1B40000013.156.278.338.615-0.5
        Total33310203521-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Ramirez (32)
          • HR - Y. Puig (24), J. Ramirez (20)
          • SH - R. Perez (5)
          • RBI - Y. Puig (70), J. Ramirez (74)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Allen, J. Kipnis, F. Reyes, T. Naquin
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. LeMahieu (27), A. Judge (11), B. Gardner (20), C. Maybin (14)
          • RBI - G. Sanchez (65), G. Torres (71)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Sanchez (26), G. Torres (17)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Gregorius, G. Torres 3 (3), B. Gardner 2 (2), C. Maybin, M. Ford 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - Y. Puig (7)
          • DP - (Puig-Perez)
          • E - Y. Puig (4)
          FIELDING
          • E - M. Ford
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Civale (L, 1-2)6.08322401.500.966.0
          A. Cimber0.02001003.641.23-3.0
          O. Perez0.10000002.781.180.0
          T. Clippard1.20000102.640.863.5
          Total8.01032350---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Civale (L, 1-2)6.0
          A. Cimber0.0
          O. Perez0.1
          T. Clippard1.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Tanaka (W, 9-6)6.14220224.561.2423.0
          T. Kahnle (H, 22)0.20000202.880.941.0
          Z. Britton (H, 26)1.00000002.131.223.0
          A. Chapman (S, 34)1.00001202.401.1710.0
          Total9.0422162---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Tanaka (W, 9-6)6.1
          T. Kahnle (H, 22)0.2
          Z. Britton (H, 26)1.0
          A. Chapman (S, 34)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Civale
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Civale 91-58, A. Cimber 9-4, O. Perez 2-1, T. Clippard 17-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Civale 5-8, T. Clippard 2-2
          • Batters Faced - A. Civale 27, A. Cimber 3, O. Perez, T. Clippard 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 83-56, T. Kahnle 10-8, Z. Britton 10-5, A. Chapman 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 10-7, Z. Britton 3-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 23, T. Kahnle 2, Z. Britton 4, A. Chapman 4
          • 7TH INNING
            Puig homered to right23
          • 5TH INNING
            Urshela singled to right, Judge scored on right fielder Puig fielding error13
          • 2ND INNING
            Ramirez homered to right center12
          • 1ST INNING
            Torres singled to right, Gregorius scored, Sanchez to third02
            Sanchez singled to right center, Judge scored, Gregorius to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Zack Britton
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • Y. Puig: Puig popped out to first
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zack Britton relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Ball, Naquin safe at first on 1st baseman Ford fielding error
            • R. Perez: Perez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Naquin to second
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor flied out to deep center
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Allen grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • T. Clippard Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to first
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
            • M. Ford: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ford grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to second
            • Y. Puig: Puig homered to right
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez doubled to right
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Masahiro Tanaka
            • J. Kipnis: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Cimber relieved Aaron Civale
            • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, LeMahieu doubled to deep center
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
            • G. Urshela: Urshela singled to right, LeMahieu to third, Judge to second
            • Oliver Perez relieved Adam Cimber
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius flied out to right
            • Tyler Clippard relieved Oliver Perez
            • G. Sanchez: Sanchez flied out to right
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres popped out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez grounded out to third
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
            • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Allen lined out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sanchez walked
            • G. Torres: Torres popped out to pitcher
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gardner popped out to shortstop
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked, Sanchez to second
            • M. Ford: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez to third, Maybin to second on wild pitch, Ford flied out to deep left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez singled to shallow left
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to second, Ramirez to second
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • T. Naquin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Naquin flied out to shallow left
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • M. Ford: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ford struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Judge: Judge doubled to deep right
            • G. Urshela: Foul, Ball, Urshela singled to right, Judge scored on right fielder Puig fielding error
            • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Allen grounded out to second
            • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Santana flied out to deep center
            • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Puig fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Torres flied out to right
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gardner doubled to deep left
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin grounded out to first
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to third
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge lined out to right
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius lined out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Puig grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez homered to right center
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • F. Reyes: Reyes flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin doubled to center
            • M. Ford: Ball, Ford grounded out to shortstop, Maybin to third
            • D. LeMahieu: Foul, LeMahieu flied into double play right to catcher, Maybin out at home
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Lindor popped out to shortstop
            • G. Allen: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • Ca. Santana: Santana flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to first
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Judge singled to shallow left
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Strike looking, Urshela singled to right, Judge to second
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Gregorius reached on fielder's choice to first, Judge to third, Urshela out at second
            • G. Sanchez: Sanchez singled to right center, Judge scored, Gregorius to second
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Torres singled to right, Gregorius scored, Sanchez to third
            • B. Gardner: Gardner fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)