The Indians played the Yankees in the second of a four-game series Tuesday. Here is a capsule look from The Plain Dealer reporter Dennis Manoloff:

Game: 89.

Opponent: Yankees.

Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland.

Time of day: Night.

Time elapsed: 2 hours, 55 minutes.

Attendance: 23,384.

Result: Indians 5, Yankees 3.

Records: Indians 44-45, Yankees 45-44.

Scoreboard watch: The Indians remained 6.5 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central. The Tigers rallied from a five-run deficit to defeat the Dodgers, 14-5, in Detroit.

Bottom line, up front: The Indians authored one of their most impressive victories of the season. Here are some of the reasons:

* Defeated the Yankees. Any victory over the Yankees, no matter their record or spot in the standings, is a beautiful thing.

* Defeated a team that has owned them. The Yankees entered Tuesday at 12-2 in the series since the beginning of 2012.

* Rebounded from a rough loss. The Indians not only fell to the Yankees, 5-3, Monday -- they received another bad performance from starter Justin Masterson (2 IP, 6 H, 5 R). Masterson, the staff ace to begin the season, is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA. He was placed on the disabled list Tuesday because of right-knee inflammation.

If the Indians had dropped the first two games of the series, they would have been hard-pressed just to salvage a split in their house. Now they still have a chance to win the series.

* Knocked around one of MLB's best pitchers. Yankees All-Star right-hander Masahiro Tanaka allowed the five runs on 10 hits -- two of which were homers -- in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Japanese native and MLB rookie Tanaka entered Tuesday at 12-3 with a 2.27 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. He had given up 101 hits, walked 18 and struck out 130 in 122 2/3 innings.

Tanaka had not allowed more than four earned runs or nine hits in any of his previous 17 starts. He opened the season with 16 straight quality starts before giving up four runs on nine hits in seven innings of a 7-4 victory at the Twins last Thursday.

Against teams he had seen for the first time, Tanaka was 10-0 with a 1.85 ERA.