By HOWIE RUMBERG AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Phil Hughes bounced back from a rough outing to
pitch eight scoreless innings and Alex Rodriguez hit a long home
run Tuesday night, leading the New York Yankees to a 6-4 victory
over the Cleveland Indians.
Hughes (8-6) gave up six hits and a walk to win for the fifth
time in six decisions. He worked with runners on base in five
innings. He lasted only 4 1-3 innings in his previous outing.
Curtis Granderson had a two-run single and Chris Stewart added
an RBI hit as several bounces went New York’s way against Justin
Masterson (4-7) in the second inning.
The Yankees got a break in the seventh, too, when Yankees left
fielder Dewayne Wise fooled third base umpire Mike DiMuro into
thinking he made a stupendous catch flipping into the stands in
foul territory down the left field line with two outs and a runner
on third base.
After a wait of several seconds for Wise to emerge from the
stands, DiMuro called it a catch and birthday boy Derek Jeter was
the first to greet Wise. Jeter, of course, made one of his most
famous catches diving head first into the stands in left. Replays,
though, showed the ball hitting off Wise’s glove as he fell to the
ground and out of view.
Little is going right for the Indians, losers of four straight.
In their previous four games Cleveland scored just five runs. They
scored four runs against Cory Wade in the ninth on Johnny Damon’s
RBI single and Jose Lopez’s three-run homer. Lopez was in for third
baseman Jack Hannahan, who was ejected in the eighth.
Rafael Soriano got one out for his 16th save.
On the flip side, the Yankees can do little wrong these past few
weeks. Rodriguez’s monster shot in the seventh off Tony Sipp into
the second deck in left field was No. 642 of his career and helped
the Yankees to their fourth straight win and 14th in 17 games.
Entering Tuesday, New York had scored 16 of their last 21 runs
by the long ball. But Masterson had never allowed a homer to the
Yankees in eight outings and that held true. So the Yankees played
small-ball against the pitcher with a 1.24 ERA in June and a streak
of having not given up an earned run in 20 1-3 innings coming in.
Mark Teixeira walked leading off the second inning but was taken
out at second base on Nick Swisher’s fielder’s choice. After out
No. 2, Wise, starting a second straight game after homering Monday
night, singled. Stewart hit a hot shot down the third base line
that hit off a diving Hannahan’s glove for a run-scoring single.
Jeter then hit a bouncer that deflected off Masterson’s lower
leg and he reached safely to load the bases. Granderson followed
with a two-run opposite-field single to left-center to make it 3-0.
Granderson walked leading off the fifth and advanced to third on
Robinson Cano’s broken-bat blooper to short center field. Teixeira
drove him in with a fly to center.
The Bleacher Creatures chanted “Hap-py Birth-day!” for Jeter
instead of his name during roll call. Fans gave a big cheer when
the newly 38-year-old captain gave a wave.
NOTES: Indians DH Travis Hafner (minor right knee surgery) will
begin a rehabilitation assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Columbus.
There is no set amount of games scheduled yet, manager Manny Acta
said. … RHP Carlos Carrasco (elbow reconstruction surgery last
September) threw from a mound. “It’s encouraging to see him throw
the bullpen the way the ball was coming out of his hand today,”
Acta said, adding Carrasco is on track to return next season. …
The Yankees claimed RHP Danny Farquhar off waivers from Oakland and
optioned him to Double-A Trenton. To make room on the 40-man
roster, they transferred OF Brett Gardner to the 60-day DL. Manager
Joe Girardi says there is little chance Gardner (elbow) will return
before the All-Star break.
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