CLEVELAND (AP) – Gerrit Cole outwitted Shane Bieber in the pitching aces matchup as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Saturday night.
Rougned Odor and Aaron Hicks homered off Bieber, the Cy Youg-winning Cleveland pitcher, in the fifth inning.
Cole (3-1) struck out 11 and allowed just three hits in seven innings to beat Bieber (2-2) in a reissue of last year’s playoff game.
Cole’s 50 strikeouts in his first five starts are the most for any pitcher in notable New York history.
Bieber fanned nine – the first time he missed a 10 in five starts – and matched Hall of Famer Randy Johnson’s record by spinning his 17th start with at least eight strikeouts.
At the point of his hits, the Yankees achieved their victory against the Indians
Rougned Odor’s 426-foot home run is topped off with a bat flip. Aaron Hicks also connected on a solo shot in the fifth, for New York’s win.
The 25-year-old right-hander allowed only three hits, but two were home runs. He threw 119 pitches, the most in his career.
Cole was retired after throwing his 111th pitch. Justin Wilson got two outs in the eighth inning.
With Cuban closer Aroldis Chapman unavailable after pitching three times in four days, Nicaraguan Jonathan Loaisiga took the mound and was credited with his first career save.