Luis Severino allowed three home runs, including a tiebreaking home run to Carlos Santana in the seventh inning, as the New York Yankees lost the first game of a three-game series to the Cleveland Indians, 6-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Severino (11-6) surrendered two home runs to Jose Ramirez and had not given up another hit to any other Indians player until Santana crushed a 1-1 pitch off the second deck in right field to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead with one out in the seventh inning.
Later in the inning, Bradley Zimmer singled off Severino, stole second base off Adam Warren, advanced to third on Gary Sanchez's throwing error and scored on Warren's wild pitch to make it 4-2.
New York's offense, meanwhile, struggled against Corey Kluber, who struck out seven batters and allowed two runs in eight innings. Kluber (13-4), who struck out 11 Yankees in a complete game on Aug. 3, retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced after giving up Todd Frazier's RBI single in the fifth inning that put the Yankees ahead 2-1.
Ramirez gave the Indians a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the first inning, but Chase Headley tied the game at 1 with a solo homer in the bottom of the third.
Severino, who allowed four runs (three earned) and four hits in 6 2/3 innings, surrendered Ramirez's second home run of the night with a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning that tied the game at 2.
Warren gave up a solo home run to Austin Jackson in the top of the eighth inning to give Cleveland a 5-2 lead. Chasen Shreve allowed an RBI double to Zimmer in the ninth.
When playing against an ace, teams cannot make physical and mental mistakes. The Yankees made both against Kluber.
Severino was in charge for parts of the night, striking out nine batters in his 6 2/3 innings, but he also left three fat pitches over the heart of the plate, all of which left the yard. Severino was pitching with the lead for a time, but made he the same mistake twice with Ramirez on what were simply bad pitch calls (both fastballs) combined with poor location. On the third homer he allowed, Severino went with a changeup, but again, poor location caused the result.
The game got out of control with some sloppy play over the last two innings courtesy of Starlin Castro and Sanchez, as the bullpen allowed a couple more runs. This is not the team to allow extra bases; the Indians are just too good.
Jaime Garcia (1-1, 5.47 ERA) and the Yankees face Trevor Bauer (13-8, 4.59 ERA) and the Indians on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.