Martinez's RBI Single in 9th Lifts Indians

Cleveland wins fifth straight as Yankees falls for 3rd in a row
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 12:15 AM CDT
Martinez's RBI Single in 9th Lifts Indians
Cleveland Indians' Masa Kobayashi pitches to a New York Yankees batter in the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 26, 2008, in Cleveland. The Indians won 4-3.    (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Victor Martinez's bases-loaded single scored Grady Sizemore from third with one out in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians won their season-high fifth straight, 4-3 over the New York Yankees. Martinez slapped a pitch from Ross Ohlendorf (0-1) into left to bring in Sizemore, who moments earlier came up limping while running the bases. But Cleveland's speedy center fielder scored easily after Martinez’ hit.

Masa Kobayashi (1-0) pitched two innings, escaping a jam in the ninth, for his first major league win. Johnny Damon had four hits, Derek Jeter went 3-for-5 and Jorge Posada hit a three-run, pinch-hit triple for the Yankees, who dropped their third straight. Sizemore singled with one out in the ninth off Ohlendorf but then twisted his right ankle as he pulled up at second on David Dellucci's hit. (More MLB stories.)

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