Yan­kees get past In­di­ans in 10

Over­come late er­ror to win on Hicks’ dou­ble

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CLEVELAND — The bullpen broke down, Didi Gre­go­rius mis­played an easy grounder and an­other player went on the in­jured list.

The New York Yan­kees keep tak­ing hits — and keep hit­ting back.

Aaron Hicks de­liv­ered an RBI dou­ble with two outs in the 10th in­ning as the Yan­kees over­came stun­ning er­rors in the ninth by stars Aroldis Chap­man and Gre­go­rius and avoided a sweep with a 7-6 win over the Cleveland In­di­ans on Sun­day.

Hicks’ shot to the wall in left-cen­ter off Oliver Perez (1-1) scored Cameron May­bin, who had dou­bled with one out.

The Yan­kees, who could field a strong team just with their play­ers side­lined by in­juries, headed home to a Sub­way Se­ries matchup against the Mets af­ter sal­vaging one of three games against Cleveland. New York blew a 5-0 lead in the sixth and a 6-5 ad­van­tage in the ninth, when Chap­man and Gre­go­rius made mis­cues.

“I feel like games are al­ways like that here, but th­ese are the kind of games you need,” Hicks said. “It was a hard-fought game, lot of back and forth, and we needed to win to end this road trip.”

Chap­man (1-1) got the win de­spite his shaky per­for­mance, and Stephen Tarp­ley, re­called ear­lier when the Yan­kees placed Domingo Ger­man on the in­jured list, struck out the side in the 10th for his first ma­jor league save.

Tarp­ley was the sev­enth re­liever used by man­ager Aaron Boone, who had to rely on his bullpen af­ter sched­uled starter Masahiro Tanaka was placed on pa­ter­nity leave.

“For Tarp to come in and close out the game was big,” Boone said. “It was huge. That was about as tough a sit­u­a­tion as you could come into. What a gutsy ef­fort.”

Brett Gard­ner hit a tworun homer for New York, which had won nine straight se­ries be­fore go­ing 2-4 on a trip to Toronto and Cleveland.

Mike Free­man con­nected for a two-run homer and Jake Bauers and Leonys Martin had solo shots for the In­di­ans, who went 4-2 this week against AL Cen­tral-lead­ing Min­nesota and the pow­er­ful Yan­kees but didn’t gain ground on the Twins.

“We’ll win that game some­times,” In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona said. “We had a run­ner on third base. That was a heck of a game. There was a lot go­ing on.”

New York’s bullpen has been solid all sea­son but could be show­ing signs of be­ing over­worked with starter Luis Sev­erino and re­liever Dellin Be­tances out in­juries.

How­ever, Adam Ot­tavino, who gave up a ty­ing homer to Bauers in the sev­enth, said New York’s re­liev­ers are OK.

“There is noth­ing wrong with our bullpen,” he said. “Ev­ery­one is feel­ing fine. If any­thing, we might be a lit­tle rusty.”

Down to their last out, the In­di­ans tied it 6-6.

Jose Ramirez sin­gled and went to sec­ond on Chap­man’s wild pick­off. With two outs and two on, Gre­go­rius, who en­tered as a de­fen­sive re­place­ment in the ninth, tried to back­hand Fran­cisco Lin­dor’s grounder, but the usu­ally sure-handed short­stop al­lowed the ball to hit off his glove. By the time he re­trieved it, Ramirez scored and pinch-run­ner Tyler Naquin hus­tled to third. Gre­go­rius re­turned Fri­day af­ter re­cov­er­ing from Tommy John surgery.

“I tried to get an easy

back­hand set up for me, but it took a bounce straight to my knee and went to the out­field,” Gre­go­rius said. “It would have been an easy throw to sec­ond base. It was the worst feel­ing I could have ever had.”

Chap­man sent the game to extras by strik­ing out rookie Os­car Mer­cado.


Gard­ner bounced back from a painful, self-in­flicted injury — and snapped an 0-for-22 slide — by hit­ting a two-run homer in New York’s fiverun

sec­ond in­ning as the Yan­kees jumped on In­di­ans starter Shane Bieber.

On Satur­day, Gard­ner needed six stitches to close a gash on his lip af­ter he smashed his hel­met in frus­tra­tion against a wall in New York’s dugout and it bounced back and hit him in the mouth.


Tarp­ley didn’t ar­rive un­til 4:30 a.m. The Yan­kees had a car ser­vice pick him up in Scran­ton, Penn­syl­va­nia, for the six-hour drive.

“I prob­a­bly got three, four hours of sleep when I got to the ho­tel,” he said, smil­ing. “Ev­ery­thing kind of went dark there af­ter it hap­pened (the fi­nal out).”


Not long af­ter a small brown bat — a winged one, not a Louisville Slug­ger model — was seen hang­ing upside down on the net­ting near home plate, the In­di­ans’ bats awak­ened as Cleveland scored four in the sixth off Tommy Kahnle.


Yan­kees: Gre­go­rius didn’t start af­ter go­ing 4 for 8 with one home run and two RBIs in his first two games since Oc­to­ber. “Didi is a gamer, so ob­vi­ously he wants to be in there ev­ery day,” Boone said. “But I think this is a wise pro­gres­sion for him

just com­ing back.”

In­di­ans: RHP Car­los Car­rasco will visit an on­col­o­gist Mon­day at the Cleveland Clinic. The 32year-old was re­cently di­ag­nosed with a blood con­di­tion and placed on the in­jured list.


Yan­kees: Tanaka (3-5, 3.42 ERA) will be re­in­stated Mon­day to start the opener of a two-game se­ries against the crosstown Mets.

In­di­ans: Fol­low­ing a day off, RHP Trevor Bauer (4-6, 3.93 ERA) will start Tues­day against Cincin­nati. He car­ries a ca­reer-long, five-game los­ing streak into the out­ing.

Ja­son Miller / Getty Im­ages

The Yan­kees’ Gley­ber Tor­res, left, cel­e­brates with Aaron Hicks af­ter their 10-in­ning win over the In­di­ans on Sun­day at Pro­gres­sive Field in Cleveland.

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