Yanks complete comeback, beat Indians 5-2 in Game 5 of ALDS

CLEVELAND (AP) These young Yankees were unshaken, resilient and as tough as the city they represent.

The baby Bronx Bombers have grown up fast.

Didi Gregorius, following in the October footprints left by Derek Jeter, homered twice off Corey Kluber as New York beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to complete its comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the Division Series and dethrone the AL champions.

The bend-but-don't-break Yankees, way ahead of schedule, staved off elimination for the fourth time in this postseason and advanced to play the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series starting Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

With a blend of young stars and older veterans coming up big, the Yankees rocked Cleveland and bailed out manager Joe Girardi, who failed to challenge a key call in a Game 2 loss that threatened to sabotage New York's season.

''These guys had my back and they fought and fought,'' Girardi said. ''They beat a really good team. What those guys did for me, I'll never forget it. "

The Yankees went 2-5 against the AL West champion Astros, led by 5-foot-6 dynamo and MVP candidate Jose Altuve. But none of that matters now to this group of New Yorkers.

After winning twice at home, and after Girardi said he ''screwed up'' and felt horrible about it, the Yankees - with little offensive help from rookie star Aaron Judge - came into Progressive Field and finished off the Indians, who won 102 games during the regular season, ripped off a historic 22-game winning streak and were favored to get back to the World Series after losing in seven games a year ago to the Chicago Cubs.

Cleveland's Series drought turns 70 next year - baseball's longest dry spell.

''Nobody wanted the season to be over,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''It doesn't wind down, it comes to a crashing halt. It's disappointing. We felt good about ourselves. We made it harder to win, especially in the last two games.''

The Indians closed to 3-2 in the fifth against starter CC Sabathia before David Robertson pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings for the win. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, who faced Cleveland in last year's spine-tingling World Series and signed an $86 million free agent contract in December, worked two innings for the save.

Chapman went to the mound with a three-run lead in the ninth after Brett Gardner battled Cody Allen for 12 pitches before hitting an RBI single, with New York's fifth run scoring when Todd Frazier raced home on right fielder Jay Bruce's throwing error.

Gardner's gritty at-bat was symbolic of these Yankees. They wouldn't give in.

''We can win a lot of different ways,'' Gardner said.

When Austin Jackson was called out on strikes to end it, the Yankees rushed to the mound to celebrate with a wide-eyed Chapman. An elated Girardi hugged his coaches.

On Friday, Girardi was crestfallen, afraid he had wrecked the season.

''After Game 2, Joe came up to me in this same spot (outside the manager's office) and said, `Hey, man. I'm sorry,''' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. ''I told him, `We just have to keep battling. Nothing is over yet.' No one on the plane home thought it was over at all.''

The Yankees became the 10th team to overcome a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-five playoff series. New York also did it in 2001, rallying to beat Oakland - a series remembered for Jeter's backhand flip to home plate.

Gregorius, who took over at shortstop following Jeter's retirement after the 2014 season, hit a solo homer in the first off Kluber and added a two-run shot in the third off Cleveland's ace, who didn't look like himself during either start in this series.

One win shy of a Series title last year, the Indians had only one goal in mind in 2017.

They came up short again, and have now lost six consecutive games with a chance to clinch a postseason series. The skid dates to last year's World Series, when they squandered a 3-1 lead to the Cubs.

Cleveland is the first team in history to blow a two-game series lead in consecutive postseasons.

Everything was set up for the Indians: Kluber on the mound, Game 5 at home, sensational setup man Andrew Miller rested.

The Yankees, though, wouldn't be denied. They battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the first inning of their wild-card game against Minnesota and then had to overcome a crushing loss in Game 2, when Girardi's decisions led to him being booed at Yankee Stadium.

But these Yankees displayed pinstriped pride and pulled Girardi off the hook.

''I had a hole in my heart for about five or six days,'' he said.

It's healed now.

JUDGE NOT

The Yankees advanced without much help from Judge, who struck out four times in Game 5 and went 1 for 20 (.050) in the series with 16 strikeouts - an ALDS record. But the 6-foot-7 rookie might have saved New York's season in Game 3, when he reached above the right-field wall to rob Francisco Lindor of a two-run homer in a 1-0 win. ''I didn't do my job at the top of the order, but my teammates came up big for me,'' Judge said.

KLUBER KLOBBERED

Kluber was one of baseball's most consistent pitchers all season, winning 18 games and leading the AL with a 2.25 ERA.

However, October was cruel to the right-hander. He allowed nine runs, including four homers, over 6 1/3 innings in two postseason starts, hardly what he or the Indians expected.

Kluber overcame a back issue earlier this season and it flared up this fall.

''He's fighting a lot,'' Francona said. ''I think you also have to respect the fact that guy wants to go out there and he's our horse. And sometimes it doesn't work.''

SLUMPS

The Indians batted .171 as a team with All-Stars Francisco Lindor (2 for 18) and Jose Ramirez (2 for 20) unable to snap out of funks.

SWEET SWING

Gregorius set a franchise record for home runs in a season by a shortstop with 25, one more than Jeter hit in 1999 when No. 2 led the Yankees to a second straight World Series title.

Gregorius got New York off to an ideal start, homering with two outs in the first when Kluber grooved a fastball. The shot deep into the seats in right raised the anxiety level to an already jittery Cleveland crowd fearing the worst.

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YankeesNYY3-2
102000002580
IndiansCLE2-3
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  • W: D. Robertson (2-0)L: C. Kluber (0-1)S: A. Chapman (2)
  • HR: NYY - D. Gregorius 2 (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF51310010.320.357.480.8373.5
A. Judge RF50000043.125.276.292.568-2.0
D. Gregorius SS42332000.250.444.7001.14414.0
G. Sanchez C40000031.222.222.481.704-1.5
G. Bird 1B40000030.238.385.524.908-1.5
S. Castro 2B40100020.231.259.308.5670.0
A. Hicks CF31100111.318.375.500.8752.5
J. Ellsbury DH00000100.000.200.000.2001.0
a- C. Headley DH20000012.000.077.000.077-0.5
T. Frazier 3B31000113.190.261.238.4991.5
  • a-struck out for Ellsbury in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40100012.111.273.278.5510.5
J. Kipnis CF40000031.182.182.273.455-1.5
J. Ramirez 2B30000101.100.182.100.2821.0
E. Encarnacion DH40000032.000.222.000.222-1.5
C. Santana 1B40000021.211.318.368.687-1.0
A. Jackson LF41100031.214.267.214.4810.5
J. Bruce RF21100110.278.333.6671.0002.5
R. Perez C30110001.300.417.6001.0172.0
G. Urshela 3B30110020.167.167.167.3331.0
    BATTING
    • HR - D. Gregorius 2 (2)
    • RBI - B. Gardner (2), D. Gregorius 3 (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Gardner, D. Gregorius
    BATTING
    • RBI - R. Perez (2), G. Urshela
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - B. Gardner
    FIELDING
    • DP - G. Bird, D. Gregorius
    FIELDING
    • DP - R. Perez, J. Ramirez
    • E - J. Bruce, A. Jackson, R. Perez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sabathia4.15220903.721.149.5
    D. Robertson (W, 2-0)2.20001201.130.8813.0
    A. Chapman (S, 2)2.00001400.001.0514.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sabathia4.1
    D. Robertson (W, 2-0)2.2
    A. Chapman (S, 2)2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (L, 0-1)3.233326212.792.05-1.0
    A. Miller2.02000501.801.206.5
    B. Shaw2.01000301.500.676.5
    C. Allen1.02211201.691.500.0
    J. Smith0.10000000.000.430.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (L, 0-1)3.2
    A. Miller2.0
    B. Shaw2.0
    C. Allen1.0
    J. Smith0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 69-51, D. Robertson 29-18, A. Chapman 32-23
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 3-1, D. Robertson 4-1, A. Chapman 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 18, D. Robertson 8, A. Chapman 7
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 67-40, A. Miller 39-29, B. Shaw 25-17, C. Allen 39-26, J. Smith 7-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 3-2, A. Miller 1-0, B. Shaw 1-1, J. Smith 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 17, A. Miller 8, B. Shaw 6, C. Allen 6, J. Smith
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    YankeesNYY3-2
    102000002580
    IndiansCLE2-3
    000020000253
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF51310010.320.357.480.8373.5
    A. Judge RF50000043.125.276.292.568-2.0
    D. Gregorius SS42332000.250.444.7001.14414.0
    G. Sanchez C40000031.222.222.481.704-1.5
    G. Bird 1B40000030.238.385.524.908-1.5
    S. Castro 2B40100020.231.259.308.5670.0
    A. Hicks CF31100111.318.375.500.8752.5
    J. Ellsbury DH00000100.000.200.000.2001.0
    a- C. Headley DH20000012.000.077.000.077-0.5
    T. Frazier 3B31000113.190.261.238.4991.5
    Total34584231610-----
    • a-struck out for Ellsbury in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40100012.111.273.278.5510.5
    J. Kipnis CF40000031.182.182.273.455-1.5
    J. Ramirez 2B30000101.100.182.100.2821.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000032.000.222.000.222-1.5
    C. Santana 1B40000021.211.318.368.687-1.0
    A. Jackson LF41100031.214.267.214.4810.5
    J. Bruce RF21100110.278.333.6671.0002.5
    R. Perez C30110001.300.417.6001.0172.0
    G. Urshela 3B30110020.167.167.167.3331.0
    Total3125202159-----
      BATTING
      • HR - D. Gregorius 2 (2)
      • RBI - B. Gardner (2), D. Gregorius 3 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Gardner, D. Gregorius
      BATTING
      • RBI - R. Perez (2), G. Urshela
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Gardner
      FIELDING
      • DP - G. Bird, D. Gregorius
      FIELDING
      • DP - R. Perez, J. Ramirez
      • E - J. Bruce, A. Jackson, R. Perez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia4.15220903.721.149.5
      D. Robertson (W, 2-0)2.20001201.130.8813.0
      A. Chapman (S, 2)2.00001400.001.0514.0
      Total9.05222150---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia4.1
      D. Robertson (W, 2-0)2.2
      A. Chapman (S, 2)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (L, 0-1)3.233326212.792.05-1.0
      A. Miller2.02000501.801.206.5
      B. Shaw2.01000301.500.676.5
      C. Allen1.02211201.691.500.0
      J. Smith0.10000000.000.430.0
      Total9.08543162---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (L, 0-1)3.2
      A. Miller2.0
      B. Shaw2.0
      C. Allen1.0
      J. Smith0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 69-51, D. Robertson 29-18, A. Chapman 32-23
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 3-1, D. Robertson 4-1, A. Chapman 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 18, D. Robertson 8, A. Chapman 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 67-40, A. Miller 39-29, B. Shaw 25-17, C. Allen 39-26, J. Smith 7-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 3-2, A. Miller 1-0, B. Shaw 1-1, J. Smith 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 17, A. Miller 8, B. Shaw 6, C. Allen 6, J. Smith
      • 9TH INNING
        Gardner singled to right, Hicks and Frazier scored, Gardner to second on right fielder Bruce fielding error52
      • 5TH INNING
        Urshela singled to right, Bruce scored, Perez to second32
        Perez singled to shallow right, Jackson scored, Bruce to third31
      • 3RD INNING
        Gregorius homered to right, Gardner scored30
      • 1ST INNING
        Gregorius homered to right10
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Allen Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Hicks singled to left, Hicks to second on center fielder Jackson fielding error
        • C. Headley: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Headley popped out to second
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Frazier walked
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gardner singled to right, Hicks and Frazier scored, Gardner to second on right fielder Bruce fielding error
        • Joe Smith relieved Cody Allen
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Judge grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
        • A. Chapman Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Santana reached on fielder's choice to second, Ramirez out at second
        • A. Jackson: Ball, Santana to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Shaw Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gregorius grounded out to third
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • Cody Allen relieved Bryan Shaw
        • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved David Robertson
        • G. Urshela: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to third
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Shaw Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier lined out to center
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Gardner singled to center
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner caught stealing, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Robertson Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • A. Jackson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
        • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bruce walked
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Perez grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Miller Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Castro singled to left
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • Chase Headley hit for Jacoby Ellsbury
        • Bryan Shaw relieved Andrew Miller
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Robertson Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to first
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion flied out to deep center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Miller Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gregorius singled to right
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez reached on fielder's choice to third, Gregorius out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • A. Jackson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Jackson singled to left center
        • J. Bruce: Foul, Bruce singled to shallow right, Jackson to second
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez singled to shallow right, Jackson scored, Bruce to third
        • G. Urshela: Foul, Ball, Urshela singled to right, Bruce scored, Perez to second
        • David Robertson relieved CC Sabathia
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded into double play shortstop to first, Urshela out at second
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks lined out to center
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ellsbury walked
        • Andrew Miller relieved Corey Kluber
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor singled to left
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to second, Lindor to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gardner singled to right
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gregorius homered to right, Gardner scored
        • G. Sanchez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • G. Bird: Ball, Bird grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Perez popped bunt out to pitcher
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to second
        • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ellsbury reached on catcher's interference, Hicks to second on catcher Perez fielding error
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Jackson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Gardner grounded bunt out to first
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius homered to right
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)