CLEVELAND — (AP) Rougned Odor's two-run single broke a seventh-inning tie — and maybe jarred New York from its hitting slump — and sent the Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a four-game series.
Batting just .107 when he came up against Nick Wittgren with the score tied 3-3, Odor slapped his single through the middle to score Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres as the Yankees (7-11) won for just the second time in eight games. Kyle Higashioka homered for New York, which came into the series with their worst record to open a season since 1991.
The Tribe (8-9) took a 3-0 first-inning lead following RBI singles by Eddie Rosario and Josh Naylor, coupled with an error by Yankees starter Domingo Germán. But in the third, DJ LeMahieu singled in Higashioka before a Torres single and an error by Naylor in right with two outs tied things up.
Cleveland's sputtering offense barely threatened again, going just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. What's more, the pitching staff walked nine batters, including four by starter Aaron Civale and two in the decisive seventh by Wittgren. The latter now has an alarming 10.13 ERA over his first six appearances.
The Indians have lost four of their last five and are now under .500 for the first time since April 7. They'll try to get back in the win column Friday night behind the pitching of Logan Allen (1-2, 4.50 ERA), who will match up against the Yanks' Jordan Montgomery (1-1, 4.24).