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Yankees win third in a row by routing Indians

Jun 12, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

Carlos Santana, Curtis Granderson AP

There were no fireworks today.

After Friday’s benches-clearing incident and Saturday’s ejection of Mitch Talbot following an Alex Rodriguez plunking, the Indians and Yankees played a calm one Sunday that again sent the Yankee faithful home happy.

The Bombers broke open a 1-0 game in the fifth, scoring five times on their way to a 9-1 victory.  Freddy Garcia, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings in the second shortest start of his career Tuesday against the Red Sox, pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball for the victory.

The Yankees amassed nine runs despite failing to homer in the contest.  Curtis Granderson, who had homered in three straight games, went 4-for-4 with a double and a sac fly.  Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and three runs scored.  Alex Rodriguez had three hits and three RBI.

Derek Jeter also had some fun, going 2-for-5 with two RBI.  With four games left on the Yankees’ current homestand, he’s at 2,993 career hits.

The Bombers got to Josh Tomlin, who is fading just like his peripherals said he would.  After starting the season 6-1 with a 2.41 ERA, he’s given up 22 runs over 24 innings in his last four outings.  His ERA stands at 4.14 now and likely will continue to climb.

A.J. Burnett will try to send the Yankees to a four-game sweep when he takes on Carlos Carrasco in the series finale Monday.

  1. mvpolamalu - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Tomlin wasn’t ejected yesterday he pitched today…

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

      Duh. Thanks. Fixed.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    I think the Indians have been a great story since the beginning of the year, but i get the feeling that their bubble is in the process of bursting. They have scored 2 or fewer runs in 12 of their last 18 games. They have lost 8 of their last 10, and Detroit is quietly starting to play better over the last few weeks.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Yeah, I said the Indians were a mirage earlier in the year and got lots of thumbs down. Young teams can get a burst, but usually can’t substain through an entire season.

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