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Cole, Rizzo lead Yankees to sweep

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 25/04/2022 Associated Press

Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 24, 2022, (April 25 in Manila) in the Bronx borough of New York City. AFP PHOTO © The Manila Times Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 24, 2022, (April 25 in Manila) in the Bronx borough of New York City. AFP PHOTO

NEW YORK: Gerrit Cole bounced back from the shortest start of his career, Anthony Rizzo powered an early offensive barrage and the New York Yankees pounded the Cleveland Guardians 10-2 Sunday (Monday in Manila) to complete a three-game sweep in a series marred by fan misbehavior.

Cole (1-0) struck out nine over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and Rizzo's two-run drive in the first inning tied him for the AL lead with five homers. New York won for the fifth time in six games.

Cleveland outfielders struggled a day after fans threw bottles, cans and other debris at them immediately following New York's walk-off victory. Myles Straw and Oscar Mercado were heckled after misplays, and breakout rookie Steven Kwan left early with right hamstring tightness.

Cleveland starter Aaron Civale (0-1) allowed six earned runs in three innings, pushing his ERA to 9.58 over three starts.

In Minneapolis, Byron Buxton hit his second homer of the game, a 469-foot, three-run drive in the 10th inning, and Minnesota sent Chicago to its seventh straight loss.

Buxton's two-run, opposite-field homer to right in the seventh against Aaron Bummer tied the score 3-3.

After Yasmani Grandal's RBI single in the 10th off Joe Smith (1-0), Liam Hendriks (0-2) walked José Godoy with one out in the bottom half after automatic runner Nick Gordon began the inning in second.

Hendriks fell behind 3-1 in the count, and Buxton drove a fastball into the left-field second deck for the longest game-ending home run since MLB Statcast started tracking in 2015.

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