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ALDS: Down Five, Indians Battle Back, Walk-Off Yanks In The 13th

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After the Cleveland Indians took Game One of the ALDS by a 4-0 shutout, the New York Yankees knew they had to get back in the win column and their bats would be the key.

It didn’t take long as Gary Sanchez launched a two-run shot over the center field fence, scoring Aaron Judge to put the Yankees up 2-0 in the top the first.

The Indians answered back by tying the game in the bottom half of the frame, with an RBI single from Carlos Santana scoring both Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion.

The Tribe took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single from Jason Kipnis.

In the top of the third, the Yankees’ offense stayed hot as they added four runs highlighted by an RBI single from Starlin Castro and three run homer from Aaron Hicks. Then they extended their lead to 8-3 in the top of the fifth when Greg Bird hit a two-run shot to right field.

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After giving up three runs through the first two innings, Yankees starter CC Sabathia kept the Indians offense in check through 5.1 innings. In the sixth, Chad Green replaced Sabathia and after retiring Austin Jackson on a fly-out to right field, he then gave up a double to Yan Gomes, moving Carlos Santana to third, who walked to lead off the inning. Next batter Lonnie Chisenhall was hit by a pitch, setting up a heroic moment just as the right moment as Francisco Lindor hit the first pitch he saw launching it over the right field fence for a grand slam and pulling the Tribe within a run at 8-7.

In the bottom of the eighth, hot hitting Jay Bruce hit his second home run in two days tying the game at 8-8, while completing an unlikely comeback.

The Yankees and Indians missed opportunities in the ninth to drive in a run, forcing the game into extra innings.

After both teams squandered even more chances in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings, the Indians finally broke through in the 13th, when Jackson led off with a walk, stole second and scored ahead of Gomes single down the left field line, sending the Tribe to a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of five game series.

The series now shifts back to the Bronx for two, with the Indians looking to advance to the ALCS and will just need one win in the next three games, and the Yankees will have to run the table and pretty much shock the world.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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