Indians 3, Yankees 2, 10 innings

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CLEVELAND (AP)—For three games, the youthful Cleveland Indians showed they can rub shoulders with the big, bad New York Yankees.

Rookie Jody Gerut singled home rookie Coco Crisp from third in the 10th inning Thursday night, giving the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees.

Gerut grounded an 0-1 pitch from Sterling Hitchcock (0-2) through New York’s drawn-in infield as the Indians won two of three and took their first home season series from the Yankees since Jacobs Field opened in 1994.

“We faced their “A” squad and we got them,” said Indians center fielder Milton Bradley, who caused a stir when he bumped shoulders with Jason Giambi while running out a grounder. “It’s a great thing for us.”

Jason Boyd (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning and Ben Broussard homered for the Indians, who started seven rookies and can no longer match the Yankees in payroll or talent.

Casey Blake had three hits as Cleveland improved to just 17-31 against New York at the Jake.

Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano had two hits apiece for New York, which had won nine straight series in Cleveland.

“We had opportunities and we hit into some double plays,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “It’s frustrating because we pitched well. It’s a bad loss.”

Crisp walked to open the 10th and was held at third on Matt Lawton’s double. After Bradley was intentionally walked, Gerut came through with his hit.

“I think everyone feels pretty good,” Blake said. “We now know deep down that we can compete with anybody. This is something to build on.”

The Indians nearly put the potential winning run on second with two outs in the ninth, but Jhonny Peralta was thrown out by left fielder Hideki Matsui trying to stretch a single.

TV replays showed Peralta was safe, and Indians manager Eric Wedge was still steamed about the call in the top of the 10th. He yelled at plate umpire Mike DiMuro after two close pitches to Jeter and got tossed.

“I was already fired up and then Wedgie got tossed,” Crisp said. “I really wanted to win this game after that.”

Roger Clemens, who made his major league debut at old Cleveland Stadium in 1984, went seven innings in what was likely his final appearance at Jacobs Field.

Clemens allowed two runs and seven hits while remaining 26-8 in his career against the Indians. Clemens struck out six, raising his AL-leading total to 128.

Cleveland rookie starter Jason Davis fired as hard as the Rocket. The right-hander reached 98 mph on his fifth pitch and was consistently clocking mid-90s throughout his six-plus innings.

He also showed off a nasty pickoff move, catching Soriano off first in the first and nabbing the Yankees’ All-Star at second in the sixth as the potential tying run.

Davis held the Yankees to one run through the first six, but left with a no-decision when New York tied it 2-2 in the seventh, helped by first baseman Ben Broussard’s fielding error.

Bradley, who has had run-ins with umpires, opponents, teammates and managers since he was in the minors, introduced himself to the Yankees in the third.

The volatile center fielder hit a slow roller to first that Giambi fielded and jogged over to first. At about the same time Giambi stepped on the bag for the putout, Bradley arrived and bumped shoulders with the muscular Yankees first baseman, who turned quickly and shot Bradley a ‘what-was-that-for?’ look.

Bradley said he wasn’t trying to start anything with Giambi, and apologized to him after being walked in the 10th.

“I ran into him and he almost knocked me off my feet,” Bradley said.

Giambi seemed irritated by the encounter.

“We talked after the walk,” Giambi said. “He apologized and we’re straight.”

Broussard, another of Cleveland’s improving first-year players, gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the second with a two-run homer.

The Yankees, who were facing Davis for the first time, got a run back in thefourth on Matsui’s RBI grounder.


Yankees 3B Robin Ventura is in an 0-for-17 and 3-for-34 slide. He was pinch-hit for in the seventh. … Clemens was the first 300-game winner to face the Indians since Nolan Ryan, who beat Cleveland on Aug. 15, 1993, for his 324th career victory. … The Yankees nearly matched two fielding records in Wednesday’s 6-2 win. Soriano finished with 11 assists, one shy of the major league record for second basemen. New York’s infield recorded 21 assists, one less than the AL record set by Seattle on May 28, 1988, against the Yankees. … New York’s four-game homerless streak is its longest since Sept. 20-23,2002.

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