CLEVELAND (AP) -Another postseason, another perplexing struggle for Alex Rodriguez.
Rodriguez went 0-for-4 and struck out three times Friday as the New York Yankees lost to Cleveland 2-1 in 11 innings, leaving them in an 0-2 deficit.
The Yankees superstar, who hit .314 with 54 home runs and 156 RBIs during the season, is 0-for-6 in this playoff series. He is an inexplicable 4-for-47 (.085) with no RBIs in his last 14 postseason games.
He is hitless in his last 18 postseason at-bats, dating to last season. He had a chance to end the streak and drive in the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth, but struck out against Fausto Carmona.
Manager Joe Torre pointed out that the Yankees had three hits in 11 innings, and eight hits in two games total. So it isn't only Rodriguez who is struggling.
``You know, A-Rod's not the only one, you can't put it on A-Rod,'' Torre said. ``Normally we're pretty good at manufacturing things, but not tonight.''
Rodriguez's October troubles have mirrored the Yankees, who have lost five straight in the playoffs. They last trailed 0-2 in the postseason in the 2001 World Series. They responded in that series by winning three straight, but lost in seven games.
A-Rod's night at the plate went like this:
-He popped up on first pitch from Carmona in second inning. Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera waved off his teammates and coasted out to short right field to make the catch.
-In the fourth, he was ahead 2-0, fouled one off, then waved at two sinkers and walked back to the dugout, leaving a runner at second.
-He struck out on three pitches with a runner on first in the seventh.
-His best at-bat came in the ninth, when he went down swinging in a nine-pitch at-bat against Carmona.
The Indians travel to New York for Game 3 on Sunday night, looking for the first October sweep of the Yankees in 27 years.
New York was last swept 3-0 in the 1980 championship series against the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees have on been the losing side of a postseason sweep just four times in their storied history.
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