Michael Brantley powers Indians past Yankees

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Carlos Carrasco pitched five shutout innings while Michael Brantley drove in two runs as the Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees, 4-1, Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Carrasco (4-4) allowed just two hits with no walk and four strikeouts to help the Indians (59-59) take two of three from the Yankees.

Hiroki Kuroda (7-8) took the loss after yielding three runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in just 4 2/3 frames for the Yankees (61-56).

With a second straight loss, the Yankees slipped 6 ½ games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East.

Brantley’s RBI single in the first inning put the Indians on the board and he doubled the lead in the third with a run-scoring sacrifice fly that scored Jason Kipnis.

In the fifth, Yan Gomes drew a bases-loaded walk from Kuroda to make it 3-0. Gomes knocked in an RBI single in the seventh for a 4-0 advantage.

Jacoby Ellsbury helped the Yankees avoid a shutout with a solo shot in the ninth against Cody Allen.

Before the game, the Indians placed outfielder David Murphy (right abdominal strain) and designated hitter Nick Swisher (right knee soreness) on the 15-day disabled list.

Versatile infield prospect Zach Walters and outfielder Tyler Holt were called up from Triple-A Columbus to assume the vacated spots on the roster.

“You can look at it a couple ways,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “One, you can feel sorry for yourself that guys got hurt. Or you can look at younger guys, different guys, have a chance to shine. I think that’s how we view it.”

Murphy and Swisher both exited Saturday’s 3-0 victory over New York with their respective health issues.

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