Carrasco, Indians shut down YankeesJun 14, 2011 - 6:36 AM
Carrasco threw seven shutout innings to help the Indians avoid being swept in the finale of a four-game series against the Yankees.
Last Tuesday, he tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings against Minnesota to help Cleveland record a 1-0 win. Carrasco (6-3) again held his opponent off the scoreboard Monday, allowing five hits, walking three and striking out seven.
The effort helped the Indians snap an overall four-game losing streak.
Michael Brantley scored the game's lone run after leading off the fourth inning with a triple. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a bouncing single through the left side of the infield, and that one moment provided enough offense for Cleveland to win.
It was improbable that the Indians were even ahead at that point, given how many scoring chances the Yankees had early in the game.
In the first inning, Derek Jeter -- who later left the game with an injury -- led off with his 2,994th career hit, and New York loaded the bases with nobody out. But Alex Rodriguez flied out, Robinson Cano struck out and Nick Swisher grounded out to short to end the threat.
Then, Jorge Posada began the second with a single before Brett Gardner walked. But Francisco Cervelli struck out, Jeter grounded into a fielder's choice that resulted in a force out at third and Curtis Granderson flied out.
The Yankees put two on with one away in the third, only to have Swisher ground into a double play.
In all, New York went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, stranded eight and wasted a good start from A.J. Burnett (6-5). The right-hander struck out eight and walked one in 7 2/3 innings, but gave up the decisive run.
After the first three innings, the Yankees didn't have many chances. They went down in order in the fourth before Jeter suffered a calf injury in the fifth.
He flied out to right and appeared to sustain the injury running out of the batter's box. Jeter jogged to first base with an uneven motion and left the game afterward, replaced at short by Eduardo Nunez the following inning.
An MRI after the game revealed a Grade 1 strain.
"You hate to see it," said Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. "Especially Derek. He's not one to come out of the game unless it's something serious."
Following Jeter's fly out, Carrasco retired Granderson and Teixeira. He allowed just one baserunner in his final four innings.
"He got into a rhythm," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "He stopped putting people on base, attacking them early, was able to kind of back-door them with the breaking ball for strike one and get some early swings."
Tony Sipp took over for the Indians in the eighth and retired Granderson before Teixeira drove a ball to deep center field. But Brantley was there to make the catch, and Vinnie Pestano recorded the final out of the inning.
Chris Perez struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save.
Cleveland was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded six...Cano had a game-high two hits...Despite taking the loss, Burnett rebounded nicely from his last start. He allowed eight runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday against Boston...The Yankees scored 24 runs in the series' first three games.
- CLEVELAND: 1
NEW YORK: 0
Jun 13 10:00 PM
- Asdrubal Cabrera single to left scored Michael Brantley with none out. Runner on first with none out and Shin-Soo Choo due up.
Indians 1, Yankees 0 Top 4, 0 OutsJun 13 8:19 PM
- CLEVELAND: 0
NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 13 7:11 PM
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