Indians 3, Yankees 1: Justin Masterson tossed 6 2/3 solid innings and Michael Brantley belted a three-run homer as host Cleveland snapped a nine-game losing skid.
The Indians prevented their second double-digit losing streak in the last month with the victory. Cleveland, which amassed an 11-game skid in July, recorded its first win since Aug. 13.
Masterson (10-11), the winning pitcher in that encounter, improved to 3-2 in his career versus the Yankees after handcuffing them on Saturday. The fireballer allowed one run on seven hits and struck out six.
Brantley staked Masterson to a 3-0 lead in the first inning after belting a first-pitch fastball from Hiroki Kuroda (12-9) to deep right-center field. The ball caromed off the top of the wall and into the seats for his sixth homer - and first since Aug. 14.
Vinnie Pestano worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings to bridge the gap to Chris Perez, who struck out two in the ninth for his 33rd save.
Derek Jeter had a pair of hits and scored on Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning for the Yankees, who fell for the fourth time in five contests. New York remained 3 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay in the American League East. The Rays dropped a 4-2 decision to Oakland on Saturday afternoon.
After a sluggish start, Kuroda limited Cleveland to just three runs on four hits in eight innings.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Jeter led off the fourth inning by striking out for the 1,720th time in his career. The strikeout gave him the most in Yankees' history, moving past Mickey Mantle. ... Robinson Cano's two-out double in the fourth gave him 321 for his career, moving him into a tie with Yogi Berra for 11th place in team history. ... Cleveland defeated New York for the first time in five outings this season. ... New York's Nick Swisher extended his hitting streak at Progressive Field to 15 games with a single. ... Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy paid a visit to former Indians hurler CC Sabathia, who picked up the win in Friday's contest.