CLEVELAND — Aaron Hicks drove home Didi Gregorius from first base with a one-out double in the eighth inning off Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, sending the New York Yankees to a 7-4 win over the Indians on Thursday night.

Hicks drove a 3-2 pitch from Kluber (12-5) to deep centre field, and Gregorius scored easily when the ball one-hopped the wall. Indians manager Terry Francona elected to stay with Kluber in the eighth rather than turn things over to his shaky bullpen, which has the AL’s highest ERA.

The Yankees added another run in the inning on Greg Bird’s sacrifice fly off Oliver Perez.

Brett Gardner homered twice and Gregorius also connected for the Yankees, playing at Progressive Field for the first time since last October, when they overcame a 2-0 deficit and won the AL Division Series.

New York’s Adam Warren, David Robertson (6-3), Dellin Betances and All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman combined for four hitless innings. Chapman got three outs for his 25th save — in his first appearance since Sunday because of a sore left knee.

Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion homered off Yankees starter Luis Severino, who lasted five innings and was denied his major league-leading 15th win.

The marquee matchup between Kluber and Severino — two of baseball’s top pitchers — had everyone excited.

“This is one of those games where if I wasn’t a manager, I’d come watch the game,” Francona quipped beforehand.

But neither Kluber nor Severino brought their ‘A’ games. The All-Stars each gave up two homers, both were hit harder than expected and they were forced to pitch out of trouble throughout their stints.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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