Lindor’s errors cost Bauer, Tribe
Sonny Gray has learned to just say yes when he sees Austin Romine behind the plate.
Gray made his second straight strong start and won for the first time in a month, boosting the New York Yankees over the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Saturday for their 14th win in 15 games.
“I trust that guy completely, knowing whatever he puts down, shake your head yes and throw it with conviction,” Gray said.
Shortstop Francisco Lindor’s double error led to a pair of runs in a four-run fifth inning off previously unhittable Trevor Bauer.
Gray (2-2) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.
Bauer (2-3) retired his first 13 batters in order on 45 pitches, then needed 41 pitches to get the final two outs of the fifth. He lasted six innings and gave up two hits, and just two of the four runs off him were earned.
Lindor put the Indians ahead in the fifth with his fourth homer in five games, but he’s made three errors in the past two games.
“Can’t give good offenses like that extra baserunners, free baserunners,” Bauer said. “Can’t give them extra outs.”
Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar walked with one out in the fifth for the Yankees’ first two runners, and rookie Gleyber Torres lined a soft single to center for the Yankees’ first hit — and only hit of the inning, it turned out.
Romine fell behind 1-2 in the count, worked it full, fouled off a pair of pitches, then took inside fastball to force home the tying run.
Ronald Torreyes hit a two-hopper for what appeared to be an easy inning-ending, double-play grounder to Lindor, a Gold Glove winner in 2016. Lindor allowed the ball to bounce out of the pocket of his glove, picked it up and threw past third baseman Jose Ramirez to the screen in front of Cleveland’s dugout as Andujar and Torres scored.
“Both games have been lost because of me. That’s unacceptable,” Lindor said.