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Yankees’ Severino Gets First Major League Win

The New York Yankees (68-54) rookie Luis Severino earned his first Major League victory on  Saturday afternoon as the first place Yanks defeated the Cleveland Indians (57-65)  6-2.

It was Jorge Posada Day in the Bronx as some of the most famous ballplayers of all time were in attendance at Yankee Stadium to honor the former catcher and retire the number 20. Although the Indians took a one run lead with a homer by Francisco Lindor, just a few pitches into the game, the Yankees were able to give the 21 year old right-hander the run support he needed to get that win he has tried so desperately to earn since being promoted just a few weeks ago.

In the bottom of the first, first Brett Gardner hit a two run homer and then Brian McCann hit a solo shot of his own for a 3-1 ballgame. These three runs added to the Yankees already leading the race of most runs scored in not only just the first inning but also any inning with 102 so far this season.

In the bottom of the second, back to back singles by Stephen Drew and John Ryan Murphy put runners on the corners and Jacoby Ellsbury would then reach on a forced attempt sending Drew home. Murphy then scored off a sac fly by Carlos Beltran for a 5-1 ballgame.

Severino worked six innings allowing just three hits and one run; striking out six batters another solid outing for the Yankees top ranked prospect.

The Indians were able to tack on a run when Lindor was able to hit a double off of Dellin Betances and then later score with a RBI single by Lonnie Chisenhall.

In the bottom of the eighth a sac fly by Murphy to send Didi Gregorius home to put the Yankees up 6-2.

On the Indians side, RHP Danny Salazar was charged with the loss (11-7) after going four and two thirds allowing five runs (four earned)  on eight hits; striking out six.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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