Backup Mike Freeman’s three-run home run and 10 strikeouts by starter Mike Clevinger led the Tribe to an 8-4 win on Sunday in New York.
The Yankees hit four home runs to beat the Cleveland Indians, 6-5, at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.
The Indians (73-50) managed just four hits — two on solo home runs by Jose Ramirez and Yasiel Puig — in a 3-2 loss Friday at Yankee Stadium in New York.
Jose Ramirez hit a grand slam and two-run homer in his first two at-bats Thursday night as the Indians hung a 19-5 shiner on the Yankees in the Bronx.
The Tribe (72-49) remained a half-game behind Minnesota in the AL Central race with Wednesday’s 5-1 loss vs. Boston at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The Indians, trailing 6-1 at one time, came back to tie it in the ninth, but a home run by the Red Sox in the 10th gave Boston a 7-6 win on Tuesday at Progressive Field.
For the second straight game, All-Star closer Brad Hand blew a save, but All-Star starter Carlos Santana hit a game-winning home run as the Indians topped the Boston Red Sox on Monday in Cleveland.
The March 26 opener is the earliest date for a home game in Indians history. The average late-March temperature in Cleveland is 34 degrees.
Carlos Santana’s 10th-inning grand slam spurred the Tribe (71-47) to a 7-3 win on Sunday over the Twins. Cleveland won three of the four games in Minneapolis to head home with a tie for first in the AL Central.
The Indians had several opportunities to score but couldn’t cash in during Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Minnesota. The Twins lead the Tribe by one game in the AL Central Division.
Shane Bieber, with the help of a methodical offense, pitched the Indians into a first-place tie in the AL Central with a 6-2 win over the Twins Friday night at Target Field.
The Cleveland bullpen nearly coughed up a 6-2 lead handed to it by starter Mike Clevinger, but the Tribe held on for a 7-5 win on Thursday to move within a game of Minnesota.
After Wednesday’s doubleheader sweep of the Texas Rangers, the Indians will begin a four-game series in Minneapolis against the AL Central-leading Twins.
A sacrifice fly play at the plate was the only run scored in Monday’s 1-0 win by the Rangers over the Tribe at Progressive Field in Cleveland
Praise on emerging Indians starter Shane Bieber has been uttered before by Cleveland manager Terry Francona — on two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber.