Joba Chamberlain allowed two runs in a career-high eight innings and the New York Yankees set a major league record for consecutive games without making an error in a 5-2 victory against the host Cleveland Indians last night.
Chamberlain (3-1) retired the first 11 batters before Victor Martinez' home run in the fourth. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out five. Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.
New York played error free for the 18th straight game, surpassing Boston's mark of 17 games set in 2006. New York's last error came on May 13 at Toronto when shortstop Ramiro Pena misplayed a groundball.
Nick Swisher doubled home a pair of runs and Alex Rodriguez singled home two more in a four-run seventh inning.
The Yankees are 14-4 during the errorless streak.
"I'm proud of what they've done, I'm proud of what our staff has put in," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They work hard all the time, every position they work hard defensively."
In other news, Yankees lefthander Andy Pettitte says he will make his scheduled start against Texas tomorrow after leaving his last outing with a stiff back.
Also, New York Yankees officials said yesterday it would cost taxpayers more than $5 million if the team is forced to provide internal records sought by lawmakers looking into public financing of the club's new stadium.
Assemblymen Richard Brodsky, a Westchester Democrat, and James Brennan, a Brooklyn Democrat, are questioning what Brodsky claims is nearly $4 billion in financing and tax breaks over 30 years that was used to build the new ballpark. The legislators say many ticket prices have been hiked beyond the reach of fans.
The Yankees dispute the $4 billion figure for the stadium that cost $1.5 billion to build.
In other games:
* At Chicago, Jim Thome hit the 550th homer of his career in the eighth inning to put the White Sox ahead and Chicago went on to beat the Oakland Athletics, 6-2.
Thome is 13th on the career homers list.
* At Seattle, Rich Hill (2-0) gave up just two hits over seven innings and Aubrey Huff's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning knocked in the game's lone run as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Mariners, 1-0.
* Relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cleveland Indians because of a strained right groin, and lefthander Tony Sipp was recalled from Triple A Columbus.
Betancourt (1-1) left Sunday's game against the New York Yankees in the middle of the eighth inning with the leg injury, giving the Indians eight players on the disabled list. Only the Tampa Bay Rays have more, with nine.
Sipp, a rookie, has split the year between the Indians and Triple-A.
The Indians are now without centerfielder Grady Sizemore, designated hitter Travis Hafner, three relievers and starters Scott Lewis and Anthony Reyes.
Sizemore could need arthroscopic surgery if 2 more weeks of rest don't calm his inflamed left elbow.
* Oakland Athletics righthander Vin Mazzaro will make his major league debut against the host Chicago White Sox tonight.
The 22-year-old Mazzaro, a third-round pick in the 2005 draft, was 2-2 with a 2.38 ERA for Triple A Sacramento. *