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.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Electronics certification company makes hoverboard burst into flames
Eli Manning explains pout after Denver Broncos' Super Bowl score
Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback