Keepers stack up next to the Yankees in extras even as far as the ALDS

October 14, 2022;  Bronx, New York, USA;  Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) reacts after losing his helmet and sliding safely into third base after advancing on a throwing error by New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson (not pictured) during the tenth inning of the second ALDS game for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK — Oscar Gonzalez hit an RBI single in the 10th inning as the Cleveland Guardians beat the New York Yankees 4-2 to even the top-five American League Division Series at one game apiece on Friday afternoon.

Jose Ramirez opened the 10th against Jameson Taillon (0-1) by dropping a double to left field when Oswaldo Cabrera couldn’t make the catch. He slid headfirst into third when New York third baseman Josh Donaldson made a throwing error.

Ramirez scored when Gonzalez lifted a 1-2 line into short right field in front of Aaron Judge. Gonzalez scored the second run of the inning when Josh Naylor doubled off Yankees center fielder Harrison Bader.

Emmanuel Clase (1-0) secured Cleveland’s first playoff victory over the Yankees since Game 2 of the 2017 ALDS by recording the final seven outs.

After Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak loaded the bases in the eighth inning on three walks in the third with two outs, Clase retired Kyle Higashioka on a soft line drive to third to end the threat. He stranded a runner in the ninth and 10th innings before completing the win.

Game 3 is set for Saturday night in Cleveland when Triston McKenzie takes on New York’s Luis Severino as the final four games, if all are needed, are scheduled for back-to-back days after Thursday’s rainout.

Andres Gimenez had an RBI single and Amed Rosario hit a home run for Cleveland, ending the Yankees’ six-game postseason skid since 2017.

Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees hit a two-run homer in four at-bats against Guardians starter Shane Bieber, but New York didn’t get enough offensively after Stanton’s 10th career homer of the postseason. The Yankees’ Aaron Judge was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and struck out seven in two games.

New York starter Nestor Cortes allowed two runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out three, walked three and highlighted his postseason debut with a spectacular defensive play on a comebacker to avoid a bases-loaded jam in the fourth.

Bieber allowed two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked three and threw with a runner on base in every inning except the fourth.

Cortes took a quick lead when Stanton lifted a full-count fastball into the right-field dugout after what he thought was a walk on the previous pitch. Instead, a strike was called.

Cleveland made it 2-1 when Naylor scored on Gimenez’s single to right. The Guardians tied the game when Rosario sent a 1-0 fastball into the Yankee bullpen in the middle of the fifth in front of Cortes.

– By Larry Fleisher, Field Level Media

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