- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - When it comes to trying to explain his recent struggles, Trevor Bauer might be the last person to ask.

For the second time in six starts, the Cleveland right-hander pitched less than five innings as the Yankees built an early lead and held on for an 8-6 victory over the Indians on Thursday night. The loss snapped Cleveland’s four-game winning streak.

Since the All-Star break, Bauer is 1-4 with a 6.11 ERA. When asked about his recent problems locating pitches, Bauer was not pleased with the question and shrugged his shoulders a couple times.

“I’ll figure it out at some point, but right now, I don’t know, so it doesn’t make any sense to keep asking me about it,” Bauer said. “Don’t ask me about giving up home runs and personal stuff when it doesn’t matter. I gave up six. Who cares how they scored? We lost.”

Bauer (9-9) has allowed 11 home runs since the break, including two on Thursday. Brian McCann hit a three-run shot to right with two outs in the first for his 20th of the season and second in as many nights. In the second, Stephen Drew hit a 1-1 pitch to right for his 15th home run to extend the Yankees’ lead to 4-0.

Drew added an RBI double in the fourth and wound up scoring a career-high four runs. Brett Gardner got three hits and drove in three runs for New York.

Besides the recent slump, Bauer has struggled at home all season. In 13 starts at Progressive Field, he is 4-6 and has the second-highest home ERA among MLB starters at 6.07. It was the fifth time he has allowed five or more earned runs.

“I think the one thing that stands out is when he doesn’t execute his pitch he has been leaving it in the wrong place,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “A lot of times pitchers you have to know there is a place to bail out. If you miss can it be a single and with Trevor, that is an ongoing process with him.”

Cleveland scored twice in the third on Michael Brantley’s sacrifice fly and Carlos Santana’s RBI single. Abraham Almonte and Lonnie Chisenhall had RBIs in the sixth.

The Indians cut the lead to 7-5 in the seventh when Dellin Betances threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded.

Andrew Miller, who blew his first save of the season Tuesday, allowed a run in the ninth on Carlos Santana’s single but struck out Almonte to end the game. Miller is 25 for 26 in save situations.

New York, which snapped a five-game losing streak, remained a half-game behind AL East-leading Toronto, which has won 11 in a row. The teams begin a three-game series in Toronto on Friday night, a week after the Blue Jays swept three games at Yankee Stadium.

Nathan Eovaldi (12-2) won his seventh straight decision, allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander hasn’t lost since June 16, a span of 10 starts.

RAMIREZ EXTENDS STREAK

Jose Ramirez’s single in the second inning extends his career-high hitting streak to eight games. He is 14 for 37 during the streak and is batting .350 since begin recalled on Aug. 3.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (sore forearm) will begin a minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Trenton on Sunday. He reported no issues after throwing a bullpen session Thursday.

Indians: LHP T.J. House (sore shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Cleveland rescinded the May 21 option of sending him to Triple-A Columbus. House was 0-4 with a 13.15 ERA in four starts with the Indians.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Ivan Nova (4-4, 3.52 ERA) starts in Toronto against LHP David Price (11-4, 2.35 ERA). Price is 2-0 with an 0.60 ERA in two starts since joining Toronto.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (7-12, 3.46 ERA) starts in Minnesota against RHP Trevor May (8-7, 4.09 ERA).

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