CLEVELAND -- After seeing their best pitcher go on the disabled list and then having to endure a marathon game, the New York Yankees needed something good to happen.
Jacoby Ellsbury answered the call with a two-out homer in the 14th inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was grateful to come out on the winning end of a game that took 4 hours, 51 minutes and featured a second seventh-inning stretch before the Indians batted in the 14th.
"It's much, much better," he said. "That's a tough game to lose for either side because both bullpens did an exceptional job and it came down to one big hit."
Ellsbury thought it might take a home run to win the game. He hit his sixth of the season on an 0-2 pitch from Vinnie Pestano (0-1).
"That's what it felt like, that it was going to take a home run to get a run across. But our bullpen pitched unbelievably to give us a chance to win that game," he said. "It was a nice team win."
Chase Whitley (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings. David Robertson recorded his 22nd save, retiring All-Star Michael Brantley on a long fly ball to left with a runner on second to end the game.
Before the game, New York placed rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who leads the majors with 12 wins, on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. The All-Star had an MRI in New York on Wednesday.
The injury list grew during batting practice when outfielder Carlos Beltran broke his nose when he was hit in the face by a ball that deflected off the batting cage. He had X-rays and a CT scan and will be re-evaluated Thursday.
Mark Teixeira of the Yankees hit a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run blast in the fifth.
New York's bullpen pitched scoreless ball over the final 7 1/3 innings.
Nick Swisher had a two-run single in the first when Cleveland scored three runs.
Marc Rzepczynski retired Kelly Johnson on a groundout in the 14th and was relieved by Pestano. Brendan Ryan flied out before Ellsbury delivered.
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