CLEVELAND (AP) — Franmil Reyes hit a three-run homer, tripled and stole his first career base, helping the Cleveland Indians avoid a four-game series sweep with a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday.
The burly 6-foot-5, 265-pounder homered in the fourth off Jameson Taillon (0-2) to give the Indians a 4-3 lead, then led off the sixth with his second big league triple and scored on Jordan Luplow’s double against Nick Nelson to extend the advantage to 6-3.
Both of Reyes’ triples and his initial theft occurred during the series at Progressive Field, where the Yankees were seeking their first four-game road sweep of Cleveland since 1996.
“After the stolen base, I was like, wow this is unbelievable,” Reyes said. “With the elements and the field here, you can get a triple any day, but the stolen base was a little bit out there. That surprised me, for sure.”
New York — tied for last in the AL East at 9-12 — went up 3-0 in the fourth when Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer and Mike Ford added a solo shot five pitches later. The Yankees’ first back-to-back home runs of the year came off Triston McKenzie.
Rookie Sam Hentges (1-0), making his second appearance after debuting Tuesday, allowed two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Emmanuel Clase worked a perfect ninth as the Indians stopped their four-game losing streak.
“We needed to win this game,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “Franmil probably won’t lead the league in triples, but when he hits it, he runs. It’s kind of inspiring to me and I hope it is for everybody.”
Taillon allowed four runs in four innings with six strikeouts and no walks, remaining winless since May 1, 2019. Coming back from his second Tommy John surgery, the right-hander has not pitched more than five innings…