Yankees cough up 10th-inning lead with shaky defense in loss

CLEVELAND — The Yankees dominated a doubleheader on Saturday and came within two outs of winning a three-game series Sunday.

But the Guardians had the last laugh.

After Anthony Volpe tied it in the ninth inning and Anthony Rizzo gave the Yankees a two-run lead in the top of the 10th, the Guardians fought back in the bottom of the frame with the help of a shaky defense. He left the game with 8 points. -7 wins in progressive field.

Former Met Andres Jimenez hit a sacrifice fly off Caleb Ferguson for the winning hit and the Guardians avoided a sweep and won.

In the bottom of the 10th inning at Progressive Field, No. 25 Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees leaves the field as the Cleveland Guardians celebrate after No. 0 Andres Jimenez hits a walk-off sacrifice fly to right field. . Getty Images

The Guardians got within 7-6 in the bottom of the 10th inning on Jose Ramirez’s RBI single, but then Josh Naylor grounded out to second base.

Gleyber Torres made a sliding stop and threw the ball to second base with one out, but Volpe bullied the transfer and erased the chance for a double play.

Cleveland Guardians designated hitter Josh Naylor, 22, broke the tag of New York Yankees catcher Austin Wells, 28, and crossed the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning. Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

David Frye came up next and hit a double over the wall in left-center field, putting runners on second and third base.

Will Brennan hit an infield grounder to second base, but Torres waved it. His throw home was delayed as the Guardians tied the game at 7.

Rizzo, who made two defensive errors early in the game, hit a two-run hit in the top of the 10th inning to give the Yankees a 7-5 lead.

Volpe followed with a clutch hit in the ninth inning, when Emmanuel Clase’s 160 mph cutter hit a double to right-center field, allowing Oswaldo Cabrera to score from first base and tie the score at 5.

After hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning, Nestor Cortez waited for Gabriel Arias of the Cleveland Guardians to run on base. AP

This was Volpe’s third hit of the game (plus a walk), continuing his strong start to the season.

The Yankees needed a big hit to extend the game after former outfielder Esteban Florial hit the go-ahead home run off Luke Weaver as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning.

It was the second home run of the series for Florial, who was traded to the Guardians in December for swingman Cody Morris.

The 26-year-old was denied a chance to make an impact in Game 1 on Saturday, too, when he struck out on a pitch outside the zone in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Yankees’ 3-2 win.