Indians 1, Yankees 0

The SportsXchange

CLEVELAND -- Two hot teams met Monday in the first game of a doubleheader at Progressive Field, and the Cleveland Indians remained a little bit hotter than the New York Yankees.

Justin Masterson pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out eight, as the Indians won 1-0, their seventh win in the last eight games.

The Indians are 13-2 since April 28. The loss snapped the Yankees' five-game winning streak. New York is 12-5 since April 25.

Cleveland scored the only run of the game in the first inning, when the Indians might have scored two, except for a disputed call at second base on an attempted steal by Michael Bourn. Bourn walked to lead off the bottom of the first. With Jason Kipnis at the plate, Bourn attempted to steal second but was thrown out on a close play by catcher Chris Stewart.

Moments later, Kipnis belted his fifth home run into the seats in right field to give the Indians a 1-0 lead off Yankees starter David Phelps (1-2), who pitched 6 2/3 innings. He gave up four hits, with seven strikeouts and five walks.

Masterson (6-2) pitched into and out of trouble in the second inning. The Yankees loaded the bases on a walk and two infield hits with two outs. But Masterson ended that threat by striking out Alberto Gonzalez.

The Indians had runners at first and third with two outs in the second inning and failed to score. They also had a runner at second with two outs in the third and failed to score. In the fourth inning, the Indians drew two walks and had runners at first and second with one out but could not score.

Notes: Teams playing doubleheaders are permitted to add a 26th player, and the Yankees recalled infielder Corban Joseph from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he was hitting .270. Joseph started the first game of the doubleheader at first base. Cleveland added pitcher Trevor Bauer, who started the second game. ... Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has converted all 15 of his save chances to start the season. Rivera has only one longer such streak. In 2008, he converted his first 28 save opportunities. ... Prior to Monday's game, the Indians optioned third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to Class AAA Columbus and recalled left-handed pitcher David Huff. Chisenhall was hitting .213 with a .253 on base percentage. ... Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir, who will start Tuesday night in Philadelphia against the Phillies, has 17 strikeouts and one walk in 12 innings over his last two starts.
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