Yankees 5, Indians 3: It was easy being Greene

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees held onto another win tonight as the team got away with a 5–3 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Tonight Shane Greene got his first major league win, Dellin Betances got his first career save, and Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, and Ichiro Suzuki all had three hits.

The game went the Yankees' way quickly when McCann and Brian Roberts hit back-to-back doubles in the second inning to get their team on the board. Justin Masterson never really seemed to get things under control for the Indians as he allowed a hit to Ichiro, walked Kelly Johnson, and then hit Francisco Cervelli with a pitch before Gardner knocked in another run.

In the third, Mark Teixeira walked and McCann singled, bringing Masterson's night came to an abrupt end, going only two innings on the night. Luckily, the Yankee offense didn't stop there and another Ichiro hit made it 4–0. Johnson was hit by a pitch and Cervelli hit a ground ball to score another run, and while the Yankees made some noise here and there, they were kind of done for the rest of the game.

Luckily for the offense, Greene proved to be very effective. In his first start of his major league start, he pitched 4.2 no-hit innings tonight before allowing a solo home run to Nick Swisher. In the sixth inning he allowed three singles and the Yankee lead was cut to 5–2. He finished with two runs on four hits, no walks, and two strikeouts in 6.0 innings, likely more than enough to earn a second start over Chase Whitley.

After Greene, David Huff came in and pitched a clean inning with a strikeout before giving up a solo home run to Yan Gomes in the eighth inning. He was immediately pulled for Dellin Betances and the big righty pitched two innings, allowing only one hit, but also only getting one strikeout (sad face).

In the end, Derek Jeter collected a hit and a walk, Roberts had another two, Tex had a hit and a walk. Despite shutting down pretty early into the game, it turned out to be a decent night for the offense. Hopefully they can keep this up through the rest of the series.

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