NEW YORK (AP) – Growing up in Puerto Rico, Francisco Lindor knew a lot of New York Yankees’ fans, so he rooted for the Boston Red Sox.
On Sunday, the Cleveland Indians rookie did something he and many Red Sox fans have dreamed of.
Lindor took an eighth-inning fastball from New York’s Dellin Betances and blasted it into the right field stands as the Indians defeated New York 4-3 on Andy Pettitte Day in the Bronx.
CC Sabathia was pulled in the third inning with right knee pain. Carlos Santana also homered for the Indians.
Lindor’s blast was his second in as many days. It marked the first home run Betances (6-3) has allowed to a left-handed batter, a span of 302 hitters.
“I faced him yesterday and his fastball is great and his slider is very, very good,” Lindor said. “Every time you face a guy and see his pitches, it’s one thing to see them on the computer and it’s another thing actually seeing it live.”
Lindor watched two sliders from Betances before getting a fastball he could barrel.
Lindor also had three hits for the second consecutive day as Cleveland took three of four from New York and won the season series for the second consecutive year.
Before that, Carlos Beltran blooped a game-tying double in the seventh off reliever Bryan Shaw (2-2), bouncing the ball just fair down the left field line to score two.
The double spoiled a good effort from Trevor Bauer, who allowed two runs on two singles in 6 1-3 innings. Bauer struck out seven and walked a season-high six, throwing 109 pitches.
“He didn’t give up a lot of hits and competed really well,” manager Terry Francona said. “Most days, a lot of days, six walks will hurt you, but it didn’t. I thought he kept his composure, and I thought it was a good step forward for him.”
Santana hit a two-run homer off Sabathia in the first inning. The homer was the first Santana has hit off a left-hander this season.
“The ball jumped off his bat,” Francona said. “That swing is in there and we just haven’t seen it very much. Knowing Carlos, usually when this happens, he tends to get hot and boy, that would be great.”
Sabathia struggled with his command, falling behind the first two batters before Santana’s blast. He allowed four hits and walked a season high four batters.
Sabathia struck out Yan Gomes with a 91 mph fastball for the second out of the third. After the pitch, Sabathia stepped off the mound, visibly unhappy, and was visited by athletic trainer Steve Donohue and manager Joe Girardi, then left the game.
Brett Gardner stole his 200th career base, making him the sixth Yankee to reach the milestone.
Prior to the game, the Yankees retired Pettitte’s No. 46 and unveiled a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium one day after doing the same for Jorge Posada and his No. 20.
Cody Allen pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his 25th save, his second four-out save of the series.
Indians: All-Star 2B Jason Kipnis was held out of the starting lineup to get some rest. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth and drew an intentional walk against the right-handed Rumbelow.
Yankees: Sabathia underwent an MRI on his injured right knee and visited with Yankees team physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad. “It’s a bad knee,” Sabathia said after the game. “It’s tough, especially when you’re trying to help this team win. Having a setback like that (stinks).” … 1B Mark Teixeira (shin) took batting practice before the game but is no closer to returning to the lineup. “My hope was it was going to be tomorrow. I’m not sure about that now,” Girardi said. . Bryan Mitchell (concussion and nasal fracture) was scheduled to throw a bullpen session. . Alex Rodriguez (rest) was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game and struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.
Indians: Cleveland heads to Wrigley Field for a makeup game with the Chicago Cubs. Corey Kluber (8-13, 3.52 ERA) gets the start and will be opposed by Lester (8-9, 3.58 ERA).
Yankees: The Yankees welcome the AL West-leading Houston Astros. Nathan Eovaldi (13-2, 4.24 ERA) looks to extend his eight-decision winning streak. He’ll be opposed by Scott Feldman (5-5, 4.05).
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The Indians tied a season high with 10 walks. They also walked 10 times on July 19 against Cincinnati.