YAN­KEES

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end it, the Yan­kees rushed to the mound to cel­e­brate with a wide-eyed Chap­man. Gi­rardi broke into a huge smile and hugged his coaches.

These baby Bronx Bombers 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 dat­ing 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 wild­card game against Min­nesota and then had to over­come a crush­ing loss in Game 2, when Gi­rardi’s de­ci­sion not to chal­lenge a hit bat­ter drew heavy crit­i­cism and pos­si­bly cost New York dur­ing a 9-8 loss in 13 in­nings.

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