Guardians rally to Yankees in 10 innings, tie ALDS 1-1


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NEW YORK — Oscar Gonzalez scored a single in the go-ahead run with Cleveland’s second straight bloop in the 10th inning, and the Guardians overcame a two-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 4-2 on Friday and even their best of five AL Division Series at one game apiece.

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Jose Ramirez started the 10th against Jameson Taillon with a popup from the opposite field that dropped just past left fielder Oswaldo Cabrera for a brace. Ramirez scrambled all the way and slid to third-first header when third baseman Josh Donaldson threw the ball past second for an error.

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Gonzalez, whose Round 15 homer on Saturday completed a first-round sweep of Tampa Bay in the wild-card round, followed with a sweet flare on the opposite court short to the right of Taillon, who made his first relief appearance in the big league after 143 starts. Josh Naylor added an RBI brace that bounced off a wall jump to right center.

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Winner Emmanuel Clase retired Kyle Higashioka on a lineout at Ramirez for the final of the eighth after James Karinchak ran through the bases loaded. Clase pitched 2 1/3 innings and combined with Trevor Stephan and Karinchak for 4 1/3 innings of one-hit relief as Cleveland snapped a six-game playoff losing streak against the Yankees.

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The Guardians relievers have pitched 17 scoreless 2/3 innings this season.

The series moves to Cleveland for Game 3 on Saturday night. There is no travel day because a rain on Thursday had postponed match 2 to Friday.

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Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Cleveland tied the score against All-Star Nestor Cortes when Andres Gimenez hit an RBI single in the fourth and Amed Rosario homered in the fifth.

Aaron Judge went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts and fell to 0 for 8 with seven strikeouts and a walk in the series. After setting the AL home run record with 62, he was booed by some fans in the sold-out crowd of 47,355 after sniffing against Stephan in the seventh.

Judge is 2 of 37 with 27 strikeouts against Cleveland in three playoff series, including its four four-strikeout playoff games.

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Cortes saved two runs in the fourth with a freestyle jump and throw to first from a seated position on Myles Straw’s two-out, base-loaded return.

After rain caused a postponement Thursday night, the game was rescheduled for 1:07 p.m., the Bronx’s first early afternoon playoff start since Game 2 of the 2006 Division Series against Detroit. Shadows slithered across the field from first base midway through the innings on a cloudless afternoon, reminiscent of so many World Series games at old Yankee Stadium in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Stanton had started first in the opening round on a 3-1 cutter that looked low but was called a strike by plate umpire Jeremie Rehak. With Stanton back in the batting box, receiver Austin Hedges set up on the low outside corner but Shane Bieber dropped a 93 fastball. Stanton drove it into the opposite field and into the right field seats for his 10th home run in 20 postseason games.

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Two years ago, Bieber allowed a two-run homer in the first to Judge in Game 1 with wildcard, a 12-3 Yankees victory.

Cleveland had been 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position during the playoffs before Gimenez hit a soft single to right field with two in the fourth that led to Naylor. Hedges walked for the second time, charging the bases.

Straw followed with a one-hop smash and Cortes, falling on the third base side of the mound, reached out with his glove hand to catch the ball as he hit the mound with his head towards first. He sat up, learned back and threw a jump to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who got the ball back for the out. Cortes slammed his bare hand against his glove five times as he ran off the field.

Rosario tied the score in the fifth, sending the ball into the Yankees bullpen when Cortes dropped a fastball over the plate.

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Bieber allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Cortes allowed two runs, six hits and three walks in five innings.


New York’s Matt Carpenter returned from a broken left foot that had sidelined him since Aug. 8. He pinched Stephan with two on and two out in the sixth, and he struck out.


Yankees: OF Andrew Benintendi (right wrist surgery), RHP Frankie Montas (right shoulder inflammation) and RHP Ron Marinaccio (right shin) head to the Yankees compound in Tampa, Fla., for practice in the hope to come back in later rounds.


RHP Luis Severino (7-3, 3.18) makes his first playoff start for the Yankees since 2019 and RHP Triston McKenzie (11-11, 2.96) will be on the mound for the Guardians after pitching six innings without goal in Game 2 against Tampa Bay. Severino went seven hitless innings at Texas in his last regular season start.

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