MLB: New York Yankees 7, Cleveland 1

June 25, 2012 at 10:10 PM

NEW YORK, June 25 (UPI) -- Robinson Cano backed Hiroki Kuroda's strong start with a homer and three RBI Monday, powering the New York Yankees to a 7-1 spanking of Cleveland.

Cano's two-run single in the first inning gave New York a quick 2-0 lead.

He and Nick Swisher connected on back-to-back solo homers in next frame to double the advantage, and the Yankees went on to claim the opener of a three-game series.

Dewayne Wise went 2-for-3 with a two-run shot for New York.

Kuroda (7-7) struck out seven over seven innings, yielding only one run on five hits. The Japanese right-hander issued a pair of walks for American League East-leading New York, which improved to 16-5 in June.

Indians starter Josh Tomlin (3-5) was roughed up for six runs on six hits, lasting only three full innings.

Jason Kipnis got the only RBI for Cleveland, which came into the contest trailing the first-place Chicago White Sox by 1/2 game in the AL Central Division.

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