The winning rally began when Austin Jackson drew a walk from Dellin Betances to start the 13th and stole second. Gomes fouled off four two-strike pitches before hitting a hard bouncer just inside the third-base bag and just out of the reach of Torreyes. It easily scored Jackson and sent the Indians racing out of the third-base dugout to celebrate.
“It’s tough any way you cut it,” said Greg Bird, who gave the Yankees an 8-3 cushion in the fifth with a two-run home run. “We’ve got to bounce back, big time.”
The hit by Gomes was the final bit of an unraveling for the Yankees that began hours earlier when Manager Joe Girardi pulled C. C. Sabathia with one out in the sixth, even though the left-hander had recovered from a rocky start to retire 12 of 13 batters. His pitch count was only at 77.