The New York Yankees are poised to avoid letting a potentially serious arm problem with their star rookie and another injury to a veteran outfielder prevent them from continuing their recent success.
In the midst of an 11-game trip, the Yankees can record a second straight winning series Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians.
Hours after the club placed 12-game winner Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation and Carlos Beltran suffered a broken nose from a batted ball during batting practice, New York (46-44) overcame a three-run, first-inning deficit to win 5-4 over Cleveland in 14 innings Wednesday.
Mark Teixeira homered twice, Jacoby Ellsbury delivered a go-ahead solo shot in the 14th and seven relievers held the Indians to three hits over 7 1-3 scoreless innings as the Yankees improved to 5-2 on a trip that followed a season-high five-game home slide.
"Great feeling," said Ellsbury, who had three hits. "These games are hard fought."
Though Tanaka’s injury is another blow to a rotation that’s already without injured starters CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova, the Yankees can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves as they try to catch first-place Baltimore and Toronto in the AL East.
"It’s not how you draw it up, I can tell you that," manager Joe Girardi told MLB’s official website. "Injuries are part of the game and you’ve got to deal with them."
Beltran was placed on the seven-day concussion list hours before this game.
David Phelps (3-4, 4.01 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.16 ERA in his last five starts but his teammates have scored four runs with him on the mound in losing the last three.
The right-hander has yielded only three solo homers and four other hits in 12 2-3 innings over the last two. He allowed one in seven innings of a 2-1, 11-inning loss at Minnesota on Saturday.
"Anytime we lose, they all sting the same," said Phelps, who retired 11 in a row before Josh Willingham homered in the seventh. "We’re out there grinding and there’s going to be games where we don’t score a lot of runs. That’s why it’s frustrating for me to go out and give up a leadoff home run in the seventh."
A solo homer to Jason Kipnis on May 13, 2013, is the only run and one of five hits Phelps gave up in 12 2-3 innings while going 1-1 versus Cleveland (44-46) last season.
Michael Brantley is 1 for 5 versus Phelps, but 16 for 32 in his last seven home games.
T.J. House (1-2, 4.24) allowed three runs and nine hits but lasted 6 2-3 innings during a 7-3 win over Kansas City on Saturday for his first win in his eighth career game and seventh start. The left-hander is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA during a three-start stretch that included a brief trip down to Triple-A Columbus.
"He’s pitched well enough to have a win before now," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But his first official win, I’m sure that’s very special."
Teixeira’s multi-homer game was his first since July 13, 2012.