Peralta has 3 RBIs in Indians’ rally over the Yankees

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Sizemore on DL: The Indians have placed All-Star outfielder Grady Sizemore on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation and called up utilityman Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Columbus. Sizemore had struggled at the plate and not played much in the field recently because of the injury. He went 1 for 4, hitting his team-leading ninth homer Saturday night against the Yankees, but is hitting only .223 overall. “We couldn’t take it any further,” said manager Eric Wedge, who had tried to keep Sizemore’s normally productive bat in the lineup by using him as a designated hitter. The two-time Gold Glove center field had played in the field only three times in his past 12 appearances, all in an interleague series in Cincinnati. “The first couple of days, it looked like Grady was getting better, then it leveled off. We didn’t want to push it and hurt it even more,” Wedge said. Wedge said an MRI exam showed no structural damage and that Sizemore would not swing a bat or do any throwing for two weeks. A year ago, Sizemore had career-highs of 33 homers, 90 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.

Martinez out: Catcher Victor Martinez did not play against the Yankees because of a bruised left knee. Gimenez was called up to serve as a backup catcher to Kelly Shoppach. Martinez fouled a ball off his knee in the first inning Saturday night. He tried to continue, but could not run more than a few feet after grounding to second base to complete the at-bat. X-rays were negative. Martinez is batting .350 with seven homers and 36 RBIs.

Betancourt leaves game: Indians relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt left Sunday’s game with an apparent leg injury. After Betancourt threw a ball on a 1-1 pitch to Mark Teixeira in the eighth inning, Shoppach went to the mound and was followed by Wedge and trainer Lonnie Soloff. Betancourt talked with them briefly and left the field without throwing any warmup pitches. The right-hander entered the game with the Indians leading 4-2 and runners on second and third. His replacement, Matt Herges, gave up a game-tying double to Teixeira.

Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jhonny Peralta took an easy approach and lined a hard game-winning hit.

Cleveland’s third baseman drove in three runs with three hits, including a one-out RBI single in the ninth inning as the Indians defeated the New York Yankees 5-4 Sunday.

“The only thing I thought is we really need a hit to win, so don’t try too hard,” Peralta said. “I figured they would pitch inside. That’s where it was, so I just swung.”

Peralta pulled the 3-1 offering from David Robertson past diving third baseman Alex Rodriguez on the backhand side to score Trevor Crowe from second base.

Mark Teixeira extended his season-high hitting streak to 13 games and had four RBIs for New York. He hit a two-run homer, his 16th, in the sixth off former Yankees right-hander Carl Pavano. His two-run double off Matt Herges in the eighth tied it at 4.

“He’s been hot his whole career, not just now,” Pavano said of Teixeira, who is hitting .400 with 20 RBIs during his streak.

New York played its 17th straight errorless game, tying the major league record set by Boston in June 2006, but lost for only the fourth time in 18 games.

Kerry Wood (2-2) got Jorge Posada to bounce into an inning-ending double play with runners on first and third in the top of the ninth.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi gave Brett Gardner at first base the steal sign with Posada up, but the rookie didn’t go.

“It has been addressed,” Girardi said.

Phil Coke (1-3) came on in the bottom half and walked Crowe, who was bunted to second by Asdrubal Cabrera. Robertson replaced Coke and walked Ben Francisco before yielding Peralta’s hit.

“The walks hurt us,” Girardi said. “That’s the bottom line. Walks aren’t something you can’t afford in that situation.

“They got the hit. We didn’t.”

After Cabrera twice bunted foul, manager Eric Wedge gave him the green light to swing away.

“I saw Wedge take off the bunt sign and saw what Asdrubal was doing and thought, ’Good luck to you,’ “ Peralta said.

Cabrera said he wasn’t worried about bunting foul for a third strike.

“I feel comfortable bunting, that’s my game,” the shortstop said. “I wanted to move the runner and stay out of the double play.”

Pavano pitched well for 7 1/3 innings, leaving with a 4-2 lead as he sought his sixth win in seven starts in May.

“They are a tough team,” Pavano said. “We played great, let it slip away, but came back. We got a win, so I’m happy.”

The right-hander signed a four-year, $40 million contract with New York in 2005, but spent much of his time on the disabled list. In only 26 starts, he was 9-8 with a 5.00 ERA.

He got off to a rocky start in Cleveland after signing a one-year, free-agent contract in January. He was 0-3 with a 9.50 ERA in four April starts before becoming one of the Indians’ few bright spots in May.

Pavano yielded a one-out single to Derek Jeter in the eighth and was replaced by Rafael Perez. Johnny Damon sent Jeter to third with a double and Perez was replaced by Rafael Betancourt, who went to a 2-1 count on Teixeira — and had to leave with a strained right groin.

Teixeira hit a 3-2 pitch from Herges off the wall, just out of the reach of a leaping Crowe in center to score both Jeter and Damon and ruin Pavano’s bid for a win.

Pavano gave up three runs and seven hits, striking out four without a walk.

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