Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and that’s all the home team needed to beat the New York Yankees 3-1 at Progressive Field.
With two runners on base, Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda threw a 93-mile per hour sinker that Brantley sent over the right-center field fence for his sixth home run of the season.
The Yankees, losers in four of their past five games, struggled with runners in scoring position. They stranded two in the fifth and had the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings, but could only muster a single run when Derek Jeter scored on Mark Teixeira’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Back in New York, Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey retired the first 10 batters he faced and gave up one run in seven innings to lead the New York Mets past the Houston Astros 3-1 at Citi Field.
The victory snapped a six-game losing streak, the second such for New York this year, and marked the first time in eight games the Mets scored more than two runs.
Ronny Cedeno led off the fourth inning with a single and scored on Dickey’s infield single to put New York ahead 1-0. The Mets sealed the win with Justin Turner’s leadoff home run in the sixth. Scott Hairston singled in the eighth and later scored on Jason Bay’s single to right field to account for the final score.
In other action, it was the Chicago White Sox 5, Seattle 4; Oakland 4, Tampa Bay 2; Texas 9, Minnesota 3; Colorado 4, Chicago Cubs 3; Atlanta 7, San Francisco 3; Cincinnati 8, St. Louis 2; Detroit 5, Los Angeles Angels 3; Pittsburgh 4, Milwaukee 0; Baltimore 8, Toronto 2; Philadelphia 4, Washington 2; San Diego 9, Arizona 3.
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