The Cleveland Indians continued their winning ways as they hosted the New York Yankees for the first time since the AL Playoffs—winning the first of a four game series in a 6-4 battle.
Andy Pettitte got the call for the Yankees, coming into the game holding a 3-1 record with a 2.45 ERA. The veteran gave up four earned runs on eight hits, specifically from two home runs coming in the fifth.
Jhonny Peralta came into the game on a hot streak, and continued to perform by going 2-4 with four RBI, one run, and a 3-run blast that jumped the Indians over the Yankees after a 3-1 deficit.
On the next at bat, Franklin Gutierrez got his second home run of the season—first since opening day.
The Yankees, well at least Jason Giambi, showed some muscle too.
Giambi went 2-3 with two home runs and three RBI—both were off pitches from Paul Byrd, who was constantly throwing hanging breaking balls all game.
The Indians will begin the second game of the series starting at 3:55 PM on Saturday. Jeremy Sowers will get his season debut against Ian Kennedy, who is coming into the game with a 0-2 record and a 9.64 ERA.
The Indians will be hoping to extend their winning streak to six and get back to a .500 record.