Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Justin Masterson cooled off the New York
Yankees, tossing his second shutout of the season, as the red-hot Cleveland
Indians nipped the New York Yankees, 1-0, in the opener of Monday's makeup
doubleheader at Progressive Field.
Masterson (6-2) held the Yankees, who were riding a season-high five-game
winning streak, to four singles. The Cleveland right-hander walked three and
struck out nine.
"From the very first pitch of the game he had power, he had a breaking ball,
he attacked hitters," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
David Phelps (1-2) was the hard-luck loser for New York, allowing a first-
inning homer to Jason Kipnis. Phelps gave up just three more hits over 6 2/3
innings. He fanned seven and walked five.
The Indians are a major league-best 16-5 since April 20.
The twinbill was scheduled after rain halved a four-game series last month.
Kipnis crushed Phelps' 2-2 offering to right-center field after Michael Bourn
was thrown out on a close play at second base on an attempted steal. All five
of Kipnis' homers this season have been hit in the opening frame.
New York's best chance to get to Masterson came in the second inning. The
Yankees loaded the bases with two outs on a pair of infield hits sandwiched
around a walk. Alberto Gonzalez, though, went down swinging to end the threat.
The Indians had opportunities to expand their lead, but stranded two men on
base in the second, fourth and seventh innings.
Brennan Boesch kept the Yankees' hopes of a comeback alive with a two-out base
hit in the ninth, but Masterson struck out Vernon Wells to seal the third
shutout of his career.
"We ran into a guy who was really on his game," Phelps said of Masterson.
Masterson, who recorded his sixth career complete game, became the first
Indians pitcher to throw two 1-0 shutouts in the same season since Bud Black
and Greg Swindell in 1989. Masterson also went the distance in a 1-0
whitewashing of the Chicago White Sox on April 12 ... New York second baseman
Robinson Cano finished 0-for-4, snapping a 13-game hitting streak against the
Indians ... The Yankees had won five in a row on the road, matching a season
high ... New York's Corban Joseph made his major league debut, going 0-for-2
with a walk while playing first base ... The Yankees are playing their first
doubleheader in Cleveland since taking both games on July 29, 1990.
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