CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez may be tied for the American League lead in home runs, but he hits more than just round-trippers, and he proved it against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field Friday night.
After the Yankees trimmed the Indians’ lead down to one run with a three-run showing in the top of the fifth inning, Ramirez ignited the response with an RBI triple to the wall in right field, which helped Cleveland take a 6-3 advantage over New York by the end of the fifth frame.
Left fielder Michael Brantley started the inning with a single to center field after fouling off both a curveball and two-seam fastball from Yankees starter Domingo German, and then, went all the way from first base to home when Ramirez, now a two-time American League All-Star third baseman, lined a triple into the right-field corner.
With the count even at 2-2 after fouling off a curve, Ramirez lifted a pitch over the head of Yankees first baseman Greg Bird and inside the right-field line. Then, the ball rolled to a stop in the corner after ricocheting off the walls. Despite Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge having a strong arm, Ramirez hustled into third for his second triple of the season.
And the Indians were not done after Ramirez’s triple.
Following a walk to designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion from reliever Jonathan Holder, first baseman Yonder Alonso hit an RBI single to right field that drove in Ramirez for the Indians’ sixth run of the game.