David Phelps solid, but bats falter in Yankees' Game 1 loss

Yankees starter David Phelps reacts as Cleveland's Jason Yankees starter David Phelps reacts as Cleveland's Jason Kipnis runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game 1 of a doubleheader. (May 13, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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CLEVELAND - David Phelps gave Joe Girardi, who came into the day with a short bullpen, exactly what he wanted.

The Yankees offense was something else altogether.

With a lineup looking closer to something the Yankees would send to Kissimmee, Fla., in mid-March for split-squad contest, the Bombers fell, 1-0, Monday afternoon to Justin Masterson and the Indians in the first game of a doubleheader to end a five-game winning streak.

Phelps, though he struggled early, was solid, allowing one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Phelps (1-2) walked five and struck out seven.

But Masterson (6-2) was tremendous, allowing four hits, just one of which left the infield, in the complete-game effort. He struck out nine and walked three.

Phelps walked Indians leadoff man Michael Bourn in the first inning, but the speedy centerfielder was thrown out by catcher Chris Stewart trying to steal second on a bang-bang play.

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Jason Kipnis followed by launching Phelps' 2-and-2 pitch into the seats in right for his fifth homer of the season and a 1-0 Cleveland lead.

The Yankees' best chance against Masterson came in the second. Chris Nelson reached on a two-out single, making him six for his last 18. Corban Joseph, who started at first base, walked, and Stewart reached on an infield single to load the bases. But Alberto Gonzalez, who started at shortstop, struck out to end the threat. The Yankees didn't put a runner in scoring position again until Ichiro Suzuki reached second on a wild pitch with two outs in the sixth.

Masterson retired the first two hitters in the ninth before Brennan Boesch singled to left. Pinch-hitter Vernon Wells struck out to end it.

"Our lineup's been scoring runs for us, it hasn't been a problem for us," Phelps said. "We've got a great group of guys in there, guys that have done it, guys that have had great careers and are having great careers. There's going to be games where they pick us up, there's going to be games where we pick them up. It was unfortunate today we ran into a guy who was really on his game. You have to tip your cap to him."

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