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Indians hand Harvey 3rd straight loss in 7-5 win over Mets

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CLEVELAND (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona was impressed watching New York Mets ace Matt Harvey mow down his team in the early going Saturday.

“That guy was carving us up for four innings,” Francona said.

Harvey retired his first 13 batters but things quickly changed in the fifth, and Cleveland beat New York 7-5 in handing Harvey his third straight loss to begin the season.

Cleveland scored twice in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead and added three runs in the sixth. Harvey (0-3) was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

“Early on, I was able to use pretty much every pitch,” he said. “After that, a lot of things fell apart. Nobody is more frustrated than I am now. There’s not much else to say.”

Jason Kipnis had an RBI double off Harvey and scored twice, and Mike Napoli drove in two runs.

Josh Tomlin pitched five solid innings for Cleveland after allowing a home run to the first batter he faced this season.

Francona thought the Indians came away with a team victory.

“I wanted us to win so bad because I wanted to come in here and brag about the way we played today,” he said.

Harvey recorded only one strikeout after the first. His ERA rose to 5.71, and he has allowed 20 hits and struck out nine in 17 1/3 innings.

Jose Ramirez tied the game with a double in the fifth and scored on Juan Uribe‘s RBI single. Kipnis’ run-scoring double and RBI singles by Napoli and Yan Gomes in the sixth finished Harvey.

Napoli drove in another run with a seventh-inning double.

Tomlin, who had his first two starts pushed back because of inclement weather, gave up Curtis Granderson‘s leadoff homer.

“I’ve given up quite a few home runs in my career, so I knew at that point it was just bear down, and our guys have been swinging the bats pretty well, so keep it there and let them come back,” Tomlin said.

The right-hander then blanked New York before being removed prior to the sixth inning because of a cramp in his right hamstring.

Tomlin allowed four hits, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. He hadn’t thrown in a competitive situation since a spring training game on March 29, but as the fifth starter Tomlin knows he’s the one who is going to get skipped on occasion.

“It’s not frustrating,” he said. “I completely understand it. Weather situations, you can’t really control. I knew I was getting a chance to start, but it was a matter of when.”

Cody Allen got four outs for his third save.

Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker homered for the second straight day in the eighth. Cespedes hit a three-run shot for the Mets, and Walker had a solo homer off Bryan Shaw.

Harvey struck out the side on 10 pitches in the first and was still in control until Carlos Santana drew a one-out walk in the fifth. Santana stole second and scored on Ramirez’s two-out hit that carried over the head of center fielder Alejandro De Aza and landed on the warning track.

Uribe lined a single to left, giving Cleveland the lead.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: C Travis d'Arnaud was removed after being hit on the left elbow in the seventh inning by a pitch from Zach McAllister. The team announced X-rays were negative and d’Arnaud has a bruise.

Indians: OF Michael Brantley (right shoulder surgery) was 0 for 3 with a walk on a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron. OF Lonnie Chisenhall (sore left wrist), also rehabbing with Akron, drew a walk, scored a run and was hitless in three at-bats.

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Mets: LHP Steven Matz allowed a career-high seven runs in a career-low 1 2/3 innings in his only start of the season, a 10-3 loss to the Marlins on Monday.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber lost his first two starts, allowing seven runs in 13 innings. He won his only career appearance against the Mets in 2013.

Alex Wilson broke his leg on a 103-MPH comebacker

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This one is brutal. Tigers’ right-handed reliever Alex Wilson was diagnosed with a broken leg after taking a blistering 103.8-MPH line drive off of his right leg during Saturday’s game against the Twins. According to the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky, it’s a non-displaced fibular fracture, but will still warrant an extended recovery period and signal the end of Wilson’s season.

Wilson replaced Drew VerHagen to start the eighth inning and worked a full count against Joe Mauer. Mauer roped an 93.3-MPH fastball back up the middle, where it struck the pitcher on his right calf. While Mauer took first base, Wilson got to his feet and tried to toss a warm-up pitch, but was in too much pain to continue and had to be helped off the field.

Even in a season that isn’t going anywhere in particular, this isn’t how you want it to end. The Tigers have yet to announce a recovery timetable for the 30-year-old reliever, but he won’t return to the mound until 2018. He exited Saturday’s outing with a 4.35 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 6.3 SO/9 over 60 innings.

The Tigers currently trail the Twins 10-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Yankees defeat Blue Jays to clinch postseason spot

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The Yankees guaranteed their place in the postseason with a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday. Sonny Gray led the charge against their division rivals, clinching his 10th win of the season with six innings of four-hit, one-run, four-strikeout ball.

Gray worked into a little trouble in the first inning, putting runners in scoring position after Josh Donaldson drew a four-pitch walk and Justin Smoak advanced him with a single. The Yankees’ ace induced two quick outs to end the threat, but was overpowered by a Teoscar Hernandez home run in the third inning, the rookie’s fourth blast of the season:

Thankfully for the Yankees, that was the only run that slipped through the cracks. Gray finished the remainder of his outing with two hits and two walks and was backed by another three scoreless innings from the bullpen. Greg Bird supplied the go-ahead run with a three-RBI shot in the fifth inning, plating Chase Headley and Starlin Castro to give the Yankees their first lead of the night.

Todd Frazier tacked on another solo homer in the eighth, while Starlin Castro returned in the ninth to cap the win with an RBI single. Aroldis Chapman did the rest, wielding just 10 pitches to get three straight outs from Kendrys Morales, Kevin Pillar and Rob Refsnyder.

Following Saturday’s win, the Yankees have at least secured one wild card berth, though they’re not out of the division race just yet. They still sit a full four games back of first place in the AL East, with eight games left to play.