Series: Game 3 of 3

New York won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, July 2
Cleveland 5Final
New York 10
Game 2: Wednesday, July 3
Cleveland 8Final
New York 11
Game 3: Thursday, July 4
Cleveland 1Final
New York 7

Indians 1

(37-46, 16-28 away)

Yankees 7

(53-31, 27-15 home)

    1:05 PM ET, July 4, 2002

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: M. Mussina (12-3)

    L: C. Finley (4-11)

    Thome stopped short of tying mark; Jeter hurt

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Mussina and the Yankees ended Jim Thome's seven-game homer streak -- one short of a major league record -- and Raul Mondesi hit his first homer for New York in a 7-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

    Jim Thome


    The Indians' Jim Thome was 0-for-3 with a walk against the Yankees on Thursday.

    The Yankees held Thome in check, including in a key moment in the seventh inning. With New York leading 4-1, reliever Mike Stanton retired Thome on a harmless fly to center field with the bases loaded to end the inning.

    Thome went 0-for-3 with a walk as he failed to match the record shared by Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long.

    Mondesi, acquired from Toronto for a Double-A reliever Monday, homered in the second inning off Chuck Finley (4-11) and hit an RBI double in the sixth as New York won for the sixth time in seven games.

    Jason Giambi added a three-run homer for the Yankees, who are a season-high 22 games over .500 and 12-0 against the AL Central.

    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter bruised his left lower leg and sprained his knee on a hard, takeout slide by John McDonald in the third inning. Jeter is day to day.

    Cleveland (37-46) lost its fifth straight and dropped nine games below .500 for the first time since 1993.

    The Indians woes were magnified in the seventh inning, when they failed to score after loading the bases with no outs.

    Mussina (12-3) got Omar Vizquel to hit a comebacker and went home for the force. Stanton came in and retired pinch-hitter Ellis Burks on an infield popup to bring up Thome, the AL's home-run leader with 26.

    Thome flied out to center on an 0-2 pitch, leaving the Indians 12-for-70 with the bases loaded this season.

    Mussina allowed one run and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings to win for the ninth time in 10 decisions.

    The Yankees, who rely heavily on the home run, manufactured a run in the first inning. Alfonso Soriano led off with a double, moved to third on Jeter's groundout and scored on Bernie Williams' groundout.

    Mondesi homered to lead off the second, ending Finley's eight-start homerless stretch.

    The Indians scored in the third after Jeter's injury. With McDonald on first and none out, Eddie Perez hit a slow roller in front of home plate. Catcher Chris Widger, in his first game with the Yankees, fielded the ball and threw to second.

    Jeter took the throw on a short hop as McDonald rolled up Jeter's left leg. McDonald was booed as he left the field. Jeter was helped off by trainer Gene Monahan.

    Matt Lawton followed with a single and Vizquel's double cut New York's lead to 2-1. With runners on second and third and two outs, Mussina pitched around Thome before walking him intentionally on a 3-0 pitch. The move paid off when Travis Fryman flied out to left.

    Wilson started a two-run rally in the sixth with a single. Wilson went to third on Williams' double and scored on Jason Giambi's sacrifice fly. Mondesi added an RBI double.

    Finley allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings, dropping to 17-10 against New York in his career.

    Game notes

    Yankees LF Shane Spencer returned to the lineup after missing five games with a sprained left wrist and went 1-for-4. ... The Indians were swept at Yankee Stadium for the first time since July 1999. ... The Yankees grounded into two double plays, giving them an AL-leading 84 on the season.

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