Ellsbury's home run key hit for Yankees in 11-7 win
CLEVELAND (AP) The New York Yankees rolled into the All-Star break on a high note.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer and the Yankees overcame a shaky outing by Masahiro Tanaka to beat the Cleveland Indians 11-7 on Sunday, moving to .500 (44-44) going into the break.
''It's a positive thing for us. We beat a good team three out of four,'' manager Joe Girardi said. ''Hopefully we can carry the momentum into the second half.''
New York scored four runs in the second and six in the fifth, but Sunday's win was anything but easy.
Tanaka took an 11-1 lead into the fifth, but was charged with seven runs (three earned) and fell one out short of qualifying for his seventh win. The right-hander was pulled after Tyler Naquin's two-run homer capped a six-run rally.
Tanaka couldn't pinpoint why he didn't hold the lead that cost him what appeared to be a certain win.
''If I knew the reason I'd fix that and go out and do it,'' he said through a translator. ''Bottom line, I have to go out there and shut them down.''
Nathan Eovaldi (7-6), demoted to the bullpen last week, allowed one hit over the final 4 1/3 innings for his first career win in relief. Dellin Betances warmed up in the ninth while Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman were unavailable after Saturday's 7-6 win in 11 innings.
''It feels a little different to come into a game with a four-run lead,'' Eovaldi said. ''I was glad to get in there and help Tanaka out.''
The fifth inning featured 12 runs and 11 hits, lasting 46 minutes.
Carlos Carrasco (5-3) allowed five runs - one earned - in 3 2/3 innings. Cleveland, which is 3-6 since a franchise-record, 14-game winning streak, committed three errors, leading to eight unearned runs.
''It didn't help,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''Shoot, it seemed like the ball was going every different direction today.''
Ellsbury, who angrily objected to a strike call by plate umpire Ramon DeJesus on the previous pitch, homered to right-center in the second to start New York's big offensive day.
Errors by first baseman Carlos Santana and third baseman Jose Ramirez made four of the runs Carrasco gave up unearned. Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall failed to come up with a catchable fly ball in New York's big inning and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor committed a throwing error in the fifth.
Starlin Castro started the second with a double. With one out, Santana failed to catch Lindor's throw on a grounder hit by Rob Refsnyder. The ball rolled to the stands, scoring Castro.
Chisenhall got a glove on Austin Romine's fly ball to the warning track, but couldn't hold on. Romine was given a double, putting runners at second and third.
Ellsbury headed to first on a 3-1 pitch, which DeJesus called a strike. Ellsbury argued the call to the point where Girardi came out of the dugout before his center fielder calmed down.
''It ended up working out,'' said Ellsbury, who homered on the next pitch. ''I guess I'm happy he made that call.''
TOUGH STRETCH AHEAD
The Yankees finished their road trip 5-5, but Girardi knows there's work to do. New York plays Boston, Baltimore and San Francisco on a 10-game homestand.
''It's tough to go into the break under .500, but we still have to make up ground, starting Friday, after the break,'' he said.
Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira (sore right knee) returned to the lineup after not playing Saturday. He will receive an injection in the knee and rest during the All-Star break.
Indians: OF Michael Brantley, who has missed of the season with a sore right shoulder, will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday.
Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda will start against Boston in the first game following the break Friday.
Indians: Carrasco will start the first game after the break in Minnesota on Friday.