CC Sabathia allowed a game-tying two-run double in the sixth inning, but Austin Romine scored on his own double in the seventh to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday night >> Box score
Things to know about tonight's game
1) Sabathia allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run in the first and the Indians scored again in the second when Erik Gonzalez came home from third on Michael Brantley's groundout. In the sixth, Brandon Guyer hit a game-tying two-run single.
2) Didi Gregorious provided his team with an early lead thanks to his three-run homer in the first inning. Greg Bird added a solo home run in the sixth and Romine scored on his own double in the seventh inning. Romine's play was reminiscent of an inside-the-park home run, but the Orioles committed two errors on the play. Gregorius was the only Yankee to have multiple hits in the game.
3) David Robertson, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman combined to pitch 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to help secure the win for the Yankees. Chapman earned his 26th save of the season.
Highlights from tonight's game...
Sir Didi sets the tone. pic.twitter.com/5Bx80NXcXv- New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 14, 2018
This series is feeling like a playoff series. The players on both sides seem fired up, but no one was more animated tonight than Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
Boone got tossed for arguing with umpires and made sure to get his money's worth. Boone seems like an even-keeled guy, one not stirred up by a lot and is often times too laid back. However, it also appears that when he feels he is in the right, he'll let you know about it. The fire was nice to see and while it may not have had a large effect on the outcome of the game, players respect when their manager has their back in such a fashion.
On the field, the Yankees got the job done with a couple of homers and some fine bullpen work by Robertson, Betances and Chapman. The relief trio held up a tied game and then one-run lead by allowing no runs, no hits and two walks while striking out six batters.
The Yankees will conclude their series with the Indians on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.