Yankee bats deliver late, Tribe fall in opener 6-4

The pitcher's duel never materialized, but the Yankee offense did.

Aaron Hicks drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI double in the 8th, as the New York Yankees broke a 4-4 tie to beat Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians 7-4 Thursday in the opener of a 4-game series.

The game was billed as a battle of aces between the 2 winningest pitchers in the American League, Luis Severino (14-2) and Kluber (12-4).

However, neither pitcher had his best stuff.

Severino lasted just 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits. He got a no-decision.

Kluber took the loss, allowing 6 runs in 7 1/3 innings. He hadn't lost a game while getting 4 or more runs of support since 2013.

Brett Gardner hit 2 homers for the Yanks, who erased an early 2-0 Tribe lead with 2 runs in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th.

Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez went deep for Cleveland. It was Ramirez's 28th of the season, a new team record for most HR before the All-Star break.

As usual, the Yankee bullpen was brilliant. Adam Warren, David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman combined to work 4 scoreless innings.

Chapman got his 25th save.

A pair of rookies square off in game 2 Friday night: Domingo German (2-4) goes for New York, and Cleveland will counter with Shane Bieber (4-1).

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