MLB: The Guardians beat the Yankees 4-2 in Game 2

Oscar Gonzalez drove in the game-winning run with a 10th-inning single, and the Cleveland Guardians overcame a two-run deficit to defeat the New York Yankees 4-2 to even the division at 1-1.

Jose Ramírez started the 10th against Jameson Taillon with a ball to left field past Oswald Cabrera for a double. He won the third sack on a mistake by Josh Donaldson, who tried to stop him on second.

Gonzalez, whose 15th-inning homer on Saturday allowed the Guardians to sweep the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round, followed with a weak ball to right field against Taillon, making his first appearance in the majors after 143 starts. Josh Naylor added a double for a run.

“We’re just trying to find a way to get out on the trails,” Naylor said. Whether it’s a light ball or a solid double ball, we give it our all. We try to provoke things, put pressure on the defense. »

The winning pitcher, reliever Emmanuel Clase, struck out Kyle Higashioka on a bunt to Ramirez for the third out in the eighth after James Karinchak filled the bases with walks.

Clase pitched a career-high two and third innings, and the Guardians snapped their six-game playoff losing streak against the Yankees.

“I prepared well mentally,” Clase said with the help of a translator. I thought back to my days as a starter in the minor leagues and tried to replicate what I did back then. »

Guardians relievers have gone 17 2/3 innings without allowing a run in this series.

Giancarlo Stanton drove in the Yankees’ only two runs with a first-inning homer, his 10th in 20 playoff games. The Guardians tied the game against Nestor Cortes when Andres Gimenez hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Amed Rosario a solo homer in the fifth.

Cortes saved the day with an athletic play with the bases loaded in the fourth. His offense while sitting on the floor beat Myles Straw for first place.

The referee believes he ‘must play better’

Aaron Judge was shut out in five innings, including four strikeouts. Since the beginning of the series, he has not scored in eight appearances. He was struck out seven times and walked once.

“I can’t do anything. I have to play better, Judge said. That’s what it boils down to. I didn’t get work done tonight. »

Throughout the game, Cleveland pitchers targeted Judge by breaking balls down and away from home plate. When Judge received pitches he could hit in the middle of the strike zone, he reacted late, a constant theme in the first two games against Cleveland.

“The timing is a little off, you’re going to hit pitches you’re not used to hitting, and the ones you can hit, you’re just a little behind or a little ahead,” Judge said. . Just work on that time and I think you’ll be fine. »

In 37 playoff appearances against Indians/Guardians pitchers, Judge has just two hits in 37 appearances and has been struck out 27 times. A few weeks after he set a new American mark by hitting 62 homers, he was booed after being thrown out in the seventh.

“It’s a man from the Bronx,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. Even big hitters switch off at some point.”

The series now moves to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4. If a playoff is necessary, it will be played Monday in New York.

On Saturday, Luis Severino (7-3, 3.18) will face Triston McKenzie (11-11, 2.96).

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