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Indians strike back after A-Rod, Gardy botch pop fly

7/4/2011

After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the seventh, the Indians roared back to take a 4-2 lead from the Yankees in the bottom of the seventh with a big assist from Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner, who nearly collided chasing Lonnie Chisenhall's two-out foul pop fly in foul territory, allowing the ball to drop and prolonging the at-bat and the inning. With A-Rod charging out with his back to the plate, Gardner appeared to pull up and the ball, which may have glanced off Rodriguez' glove, fell harmlessly to the grass. Chisenhall wound up walking, giving Cleveland runners at first and second, and then former Yankee Shelley Duncan dropped a single inside the right-field line to drive in the Tribe's first run of the game. Two pitches later, another ex-Yankee, Austin Kearns, crushed an A.J. Burnett fastball into the RF seats, a three-run HR that gave the Indians a 4-2 lead. It was Kearns' first HR since last August, when he played for the Yankees