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CLEVELAND – Desperate to win in places like Cleveland after finding themselves lost at sea in the Bronx, the New York Yankees tossed a pitcher from triple A into the deep end of the MLB shark tank and Shane Greene performed swimmingly, helping his team win 5-3 and beginning with a perfect 4 2/3 before surrendering a homer to former Yankee fan favorite Nick Swisher.

There wasn’t a great deal of advance notice to prepare, but Shane Greene gave the Yankees exactly what they needed in his first Major League start, hurling six strong innings as the Yankees defeated the Indians, 5-3, on Monday at Progressive Field.

Brian McCannIchiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner each contributed three hits as the Yankees pounded Justin Masterson for five runs in one of the shortest outings of his career, providing Greene with the necessary cushion for his first victory in the big leagues.

The 25-year-old Greene was 5-2 with a 4.61 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and was summoned for his fourth stint of the season in the big leagues when New York dealt left-handerVidal Nuno to the D-backs for right-hander Brandon McCarthy on Sunday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game that “if [Greene] throws strikes, I believe he can have some success.” A 15th-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Greene made good on that, holding Cleveland hitless until Nick Swisher homered with two outs in the fifth inning.

Asdrubal Cabrera also had a run-scoring single off Greene, who permitted four hits in all, walking none with two strikeouts. Girardi even trusted Greene to work through some trouble in the sixth, getting Carlos Santana to fly out representing the tying run.

Masterson didn’t have his good stuff, tossing just 54 pitches over two-plus frames before Indians manager Terry Francona had seen enough. Cleveland’s bullpen did an excellent job in relief, including three scoreless innings by Carlos Carrasco, but the damage was already done.

Brian Roberts and Gardner logged run-scoring hits in a three-run second inning, a frame that also featured a bases-loaded walk to Derek Jeter. After Masterson’s exit in the third, Ichiro knocked home a run with an infield hit and Francisco Cervelli reached on a run-scoring fielder’s choice.

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