Roberto Perez hits 2-run homer in major league debut as Indians rally past Yankees 9-3

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 10, 2014 - 10:15 PM

CLEVELAND — Roberto Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, Carlos Santana also connected and the Cleveland Indians scored nine runs in their last two innings at bat Thursday night for a 9-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

Asdrubal Cabrera's bases-loaded triple and Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly highlighted a four-run seventh that erased a 3-0 deficit. Brantley, a first-time All-Star this season, added an RBI single in a five-run eighth, when Perez and Santana homered.

On a conference call during the game, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow. The team hopes its rookie sensation will be able to return this season.

Cashman said Tanaka could be back in six weeks, but didn't rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the pitcher doesn't respond to a rehab program.

Perez, called up from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday to be Cleveland's backup catcher, singled in the seventh for his first career hit. His drive to left field an inning later was originally ruled a double, but the call was changed to a home run after a replay review.

Carlos Carrasco (2-3) pitched a scoreless inning to help the Indians gain a four-game split.

Derek Jeter, playing his final regular-season game in Cleveland, went 2 for 4 in the 1,000th multihit game of his career.

Ichiro Suzuki had a pinch-hit single in the eighth for his 2,800th major league hit. Zelous Wheeler hit a two-run homer in the fourth for New York.

Yankees starter David Phelps took a shutout into the seventh before Chris Dickerson and Perez singled. Jason Kipnis singled off the glove of reliever Matt Thornton (0-3) to load the bases.

Cabrera hit the next pitch into the right-field corner, scoring all three runners and tying the game.

Brantley hit a liner to center field, where Jacoby Ellsbury made a diving catch, but Cabrera tagged up and scored the go-ahead run.

Yangervis Solarte, recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when Carlos Beltran was placed on the seven-day concussion list before the game, had an RBI single in the fifth.

Cleveland starter T.J. House allowed three runs in 4 2-3 innings.

NOTES: The Indians presented Jeter with an electric guitar before the game. The white guitar with blue Yankees pinstripes was inscribed with Jeter's No. 2 and the words, "The Captain." ... Beltran was hit in the face with a ball that caromed off the batting cage Wednesday and broke his nose. ... The Yankees are 5-3 on an 11-game road trip that takes them to Baltimore this weekend for three games before the All-Star break. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) faces Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-5) on Friday night. ... Solarte played third base. ... Cleveland begins a three-game series at home against the White Sox on Friday night. RHP Corey Kluber (8-6) faces Chicago RHP Hector Noesi (3-5).

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