Indians mount wild comeback, beat Yankees 9-8 in 13th inning

Ryan Lewis, Akron Beacon Journal on

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CLEVELAND -- In what can only be described as pure bedlam, the Indians somehow pulled out a wild, back-and-forth thrilling 9-8 win in 13 innings over the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series Friday night at Progressive Field.

Ace Corey Kluber was rocked and couldn't get out of the third inning, Edwin Encarnacion left the game in the second inning with an injury and the Indians at one point trailed, 8-3. Seemingly headed for a momentum-shifting loss that would have evened the series, the Indians came charging back with two mammoth home runs and the eventual game-winner against the Yankees bullpen, which stretched the game to the 13th.

It gave the Indians a commanding 2-0 ALDS lead as the series turns to Yankee Stadium for Game 3 Sunday night.

Trailing 8-3 in the sixth and with Chad Green on the mound, the Indians loaded the bases for the third time Friday night..

With two outs and Green nearly out of the inning, Francisco Lindor got ahold of the next offering and sent it down the right-field line. As it trailed, it clanged against the right-field foul pole for a grand slam, cutting the Yankees' lead to 8-7 and sending Progressive Field into bedlam.

Two innings later, with David Robertson on the mound, Jay Bruce burned the Yankees for the second consecutive night, belting a solo home run to left-center field to tie it at 8.

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As the comeback mounted, Bryan Shaw threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings and Andrew Miller, Joe Smith, Cody Allen and Josh Tomlin did the rest to hold the Yankees down and extend the game into extra innings. Friday's game ranged long enough that the Indians had to turn to Joh Tomlin, their slated Game 4 starter, in the 12th inning.

In the 10th, though, it was Yan Gomes that came away with a superb play to keep it tied. An error on Erik Gonzalez put the go-ahead run in scoring position with nobody out. Gomes, on a pickoff snap throw from the plate, nabbed Ronald Torreyes at second base to erase the potential go-ahead run.

The Indians finished it in the 13th as the marathon game passed the five-hour mark. With Dellin Betances on the mound, Austin Jackson drew a walk and then stole second base, putting the winning run in scoring position with nobody out. Gomes followed by ripping a ball down the left-field line to win it in walk-off fashion, capping one of the most memorable games in Indians postseason history.

One night after Trevor Bauer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in the Indians' shutout win in Game 1, Kluber was unexpectedly roughed up to the tune of six earned runs in only 2 2/3 innings. It represented more earned runs than he had given up in the month of September combined, and it was only one run shy of how many he gave up in last year's postseason.


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