1:05 PM ET, April 19, 2007
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
• Summary: Alex Rodriguez' latest ninth inning home run -- this time a three-run walk-off -- provided a dramatic end to a rousing Yankee comeback that saw the bombers score six runs in the bottom of the ninth and overtake the Cleveland Indians.
• Hero: A-Rod, of course... With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Rodriguez redirected a Joe Borowski fastball over the center field fence.
• Goat: With the Yankees trailing 6-2, Borowski relieved to start the ninth and got his first two outs. Three times, he came within one strike of sealing a win, but couldn't get the job done.
• Figure this: A-Rod continues to gain on Albert Pujols' 2006 major league record for the most homers hit in the month of April (14). Rodriguez, who's now hit 10 in 57 at-bats, is four away from tying Pujols with 11 games left in the month.
• Figure this II: A-Rod now has 10 home runs and 15 extra-base hits in 14 games this season. Last year it took him 43 games to hit his 10th home run, and 37 games to record his 15th extra-base hit.
• Elias Says: Sean Henn was the winning pitcher on Thursday against the Indians, earning the first victory of his major league career -- just as Chase Wright and Kei Igawa did in the first two games of the series. The Yankees became the first team in major league history to sweep a series of three of more games with all three winning pitchers recording their first major league victories.
-- ESPN.com news services
Yankees 8, Indians 6
White-hot Alex Rodriguez's 116-home-run pace is carrying the 8-6 Yankees on his previously fragile shoulders, writes Gene Wojciechowski. Story
• A-Rod talks with Michael Kay after his game-ending blast.Listen
|Alex Rodriguez's three-run walk-off against the Indians was also his 10th home run of the season. While it took him just 14 games to get there, A-Rod wasn't the fastest major leaguer in history to reach No. 10.|
Indians LHP Cliff Lee (strained right abdominal muscle) is scheduled to throw 70 pitches in a rehab outing with Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. ... The Indians stranded 10 runners and have left 48 on in their past six games.
Regular Season Series
|3rd||B Abreu singled to right, J Damon scored.||0||1|
|4th||D Dellucci homered to right.||1||1|
|6th||J Giambi homered to right.||1||2|
|7th||D Dellucci grounded out to first, J Michaels scored, G Sizemore to third.||2||2|
|7th||V Martinez homered to right, G Sizemore and T Hafner scored.||5||2|
|9th||C Blake safe at first on throwing error by third baseman A Rodriguez, T Hafner scored, V Martinez to third.||6||2|
|9th||J Phelps homered to left.||6||3|
|9th||D Jeter singled to left, J Posada scored, J Damon to second.||6||4|
|9th||B Abreu singled to left, J Damon scored, D Jeter to second.||6||5|
|9th||A Rodriguez homered to center, D Jeter and B Abreu scored.||6||8|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|
|Attendance||40,872 (83.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||55 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Rick Reed, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Paul Emmel|