17 Apr 2009

New stadium can't save Yankees as Cleveland crash house-warming party

5:46 pm on 17 April 2009

The Cleveland Indians erupted for nine runs in the seventh inning to romp to a 10-2 victory and ruin the New York Yankees's house-warming party at their new $1.5 billion stadium.

The Indians walloped two home runs off reliever Damaso Marte in their seventh-inning explosion after entering the frame tied 1-1.

New York left-fielder Johnny Damon registered the maiden hit in the new stadium on a single to center in the first frame and Yankees catcher Jorge Posada claimed the first homer, a blast over the wall in center that tied the game 1-1 in the fifth.

The win improves Cleveland to 3-7 this season while defeat meant the Yankees dropped to 5-5 in front of a crowd of 48,271.