Marte's 3-run homer in 8th sinks Yanks

March 25, 2008 8:08:36 PM PDT
Andy Marte and Craig Breslow, both out of options and trying to stick with Cleveland, led the Indians to a 7-5 comeback win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday.Marte, trying to make up for two errors at third base, hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth off Darrell Rasner. Breslow, a lefty picked up from Boston on waivers Sunday, struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn a save in his Indians debut.

"We've talked so long about Andy's bat and we've felt good about him defensively so that's what we have to remember," manager Eric Wedge said about what has been an otherwise ragged spring for Marte.

Outside of a game against Washington when he homered twice and drove in six runs, Marte is hitting only .204 and has six errors.

Wedge said his final roster decisions - whether to keep Marte, outfielder Ben Francisco or another player in a utility role, and filling the final bullpen spot with either Breslow or right-hander Tom Mastny may not come until the weekend.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi pointed out that Rasner threw a fastball to Marte, who is known to struggle with breaking pitches. "But he shouldn't have been in that situation because a walk extended the inning and then an error kept it going, too," Girardi said.

An error by center fielder Melky Cabrera on a windblown flyball helped Cleveland score four unearned runs in the first off rookie Ian Kennedy. Ryan Garko hit a three-run homer in the inning.

Kennedy, recently named New York's No. 5 starter, then worked 3 2-3 strong innings.

"He battled without his best stuff," Girardi said.

Indians starter Paul Byrd gave up 10 hits and four earned runs over 6 1-3 innings, working with catcher Victor Martinez for the first time since he could remember. Backup catcher Kelly Shoppach teamed with Byrd most of last season, with Martinez moving to first base.

"Vic and I worked well together," Byrd said. "I like it better when Shoppach comes out to the mound because he's shorter. When Vic comes out, I have to go stand on the rubber so I look taller."

Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Jose Molina was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Yankees.


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