Bieber earns W after 'pen fends off Yanks –

CLEVELAND — After rookie right-hander Shane Bieber allowed three runs to the Yankees in the fifth inning on Friday night at Progressive Field, Indians fans grew wary as All-Star slugger Aaron Judge stepped to the plate looking to give New York its first lead of the night.

With a runner on second, Judge sent a hanging slider 370 feet to center field, where it was tracked down by Greg Allen to quiet the collective gasp of the sellout crowd. The putout ended Bieber’s 25-pitch inning and shut the door on New York’s biggest scoring threat of the night, helping the Tribe secure a 6-5 win.

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“I was holding my breath a little bit,” Bieber said. “That was all barrel. He just got under it, fortunately. I hung a pitch up there and made a mistake, and fortunately got away with it. He could have done some real damage there.”

Bieber (5-1) retired the next seven before ending his night in the eighth, matching a career high with seven-plus innings (last done on June 22, against the Tigers) and picking up the win. He also struck out six, allowing five hits and walking two. Cody Allen hung on for his 19th save, despite giving up a homer to Giancarlo Stanton to lead off the ninth.

The 24-year-old Bieber cruised through the first four innings, giving up only a single to Miguel Andujar through the first 13 batters he faced. The Yankees (61-32) sent up seven batters in the fifth, and the first three reached before Bieber recorded an out. Greg Greg Bird doubled to start the frame, followed by a walk to Andujar and an RBI double by Neil Walker. Andujar scored on Bieber’s wild pitch, and Walker came around to score on a sacrifice fly by

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