The Indians bullpen had gone 18 innings without allowing a run. One-third of those had come since Josh Tomlin exited Wednesday’s start after seven innings. That all ended when Jacoby took Vinnie Pestano deep in the 14th and the Yankees knocked off the Indians, 5-4.
Recent Yankees acquisition Brandon McCarthy didn’t kick off his career in pinstripes the way he might have liked. The Indians jumped on the 6-foot-7 right-hander for three runs in the first, though not entirely to his fault. After making a great diving stop, first basemen Mark Teixeira’s throwing error on a potential inning-ending double play kept the inning alive. The Indians capitalized with back-to-back singles by Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher, giving the Indians a quick 3-0 lead.
Teixeira made up for it not once, but twice, with home runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, each off Tribe starter Josh Tomlin. Tomlin has now allowed 12 home runs in as many starts this season.
Teixeira’s second home run gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead in the fifth, but the Indians answered right back with an RBI single by Carlos Santana to tie the score at 4-4, where it stayed until Ellsbury’s heroics nearly a full ballgame’s worth of innings later.
Scott Atchison, Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen, John Axford and Mark Rzepcynski combined to throw 6 1/3 scoreless innings before Ellsbury’s homer.
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