PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians wallop New York Yankees behind five homers, Kluber
The Indians hit five homers, including an epic 460footer by Mike Napoli that hit the scoreboard on a bounce, in a 10-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 34,045. The Indians have won 17 of 21 overall and 14 of 16 at home.
The Tribe hit three homers in the first inning, by Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall. After Napoli’s mammoth homer made it 6-0, Francisco Lindor had an RBI double and Napoli an RBI single. Later, Kipnis hit his second homer of the game after Yan Gomes chipped in with an RBI groundout.
Lost in the offensive explosion was a dominant outing by All-Star Corey Kluber, who allowed a run in eight innings to improve to 9-8 and lowered his ERA to 3.61.
- The Indians are 40-10 when scoring first
- Indians starters have an AL high 23 games of eight or more strikeouts
- Kipnis registered his third career two-homer game
- Santana is the first Indians player to hit 20 or more homers before the All-Star break since Grazy Sizemore in 2008
- Napoli’s 13 homers at home are the most in the AL
- The Tribe’s three-homer first was the team’s first inning of three or more since they hit four on June 26 in Detroit
- Young pitcher Joe Colon made his big-league debut in relief of Kluber in the ninth