Corey Kluber threw six shutout innings and the Indians rode home runs from Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley to defeat the New York Yankees 3-0 Saturday before a sellout crowd of 47,376 in Yankee Stadium.
Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 15th save as the Indians evened the series at one game apiece with the finale set for Sunday afternoon.
Kluber (13-6, 2.46) struck out 10, allowed four hits, walked one and hit a batter. The right-hander became the sixth Indians pitcher in 100 years to record at least seven double-digit strikeout games in a season and the first since Dennis Eckersley in 1976. Kluber also joined Sam McDowell, Bob Feller, Herb Score and Luis Tiant.
Ramirez hit the first home run of his major league career, a two-run shot to right field in the second inning. Ramirez was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on July 23. He’s now sharing the shortstop job with Mike Aviles after the July 31 trade of Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals.
Brantley added a solo home run, his 17th, in the eighth inning.
Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy (4-1, 4.31) saw his streak of four consecutive victories snapped. He was acquired in a July 6 trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Left fielder David Murphy left in the bottom of the sixth inning with what the Indians called "right side discomfort." He was replaced by Aviles.
Before the game, Columbus native Paul O'Neill became the 29th Yankee since 1932 to get a plaque in Monument Park. Among those on hand were O'Neill's mother Virginia, his wife, daughter and two sons and former teammates David Cone, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and manager Joe Torre.