Josh Naylor hit a two-run single off Clay Holmes and Mike Zunino drew a go-ahead, bases-loaded walk from Wandy Peralta in a three-run, ninth-inning rall y that lifted the Guardians over reeling New York 3-2 on Monday night.
“It felt like the only thing that made that game not an hour was commercials,” Cleveland pitcher Cal Quantrill said.
After AL MVP Aaron Judge became the latest in a string of pinstriped stars on the injured list, Domingo Germán was two outs from a one-hitter and his first big league complete game when manager Aaron Boone went to his bullpen. The relievers unraveled and the Yankees (15-15) lost for the sixth time in eight games, dropping to .500 for the first time since they were 1-1.
“I just thought it was the right decision to do that there. Obviously it didn’t work, so ultimately that falls on me,” Boone said. “The long ball’s been in play and bit him a little bit at times.”
New York took a 2-0 lead in the third off Quantrill when Jose Trevino drove a changeup to left for a 425-foot home run, the longest of his career, and DJ LeMahieu, in a 1-for-17 skid, added an RBI single.
The game was 1:40 old when Steven Kwan singled with one out in the ninth on Germán’s 88th pitch to become Cleveland’s third baserunner following Amed Rosario‘s first-inning single and Josh Bell‘s fifth-inning walk.
Fans in the crowd of 33,414 booed when Boone went to the mound and sent Germán to the dugout.