Bucky Gleason: Bruce helps Indians turn tables on Yanks in wild win

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"We knew going into the inning that that was probably our best way to go about it", Indians manager Terry Francona said.

"I've mentioned this from Day One". I could just tell the fight that this team had, just watching that postseason, and I wanted so bad to get back out on the field and try to get back to this position.

The Yankees dropped behind the Indians 2-0 in the American League Division Series last night, and the brunt of the 13-inning, 9-8 loss is falling on manager Joe Girardi's shoulders - for good reason.

Girardi said that nothing indicated that the call of a hit-by-pitch was not the correct call.

If the team's top RBI-man could not go, Francona said his decision on where Michael Brantley would play would be a no-brainer, as the recovering outfielder would 'walk into the DH spot'. Then in the bottom of the eight inning, Jay bruce tied the game 8-8 with a 400-foot homerun to left-center field.

There was a big, big call in yesterday's Yankees-Indians game that, if made correctly, would've ended an Indians rally and, in all likelihood, would've allowed the Yankees to beat the Indians.

Starting for Cleveland tonight will be Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29 ERA), while NY is turning to Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74). Gary Sanchez immediately motioned to the dugout, calling for a replay that would show the ball hitting the knob of Chisenhall's bat before landing in Sanchez's for strike three and the end of the inning. "But (tonight) I think is a really important game and I'm just going to go with my best stuff". "And then if I was still in the game, do it again in the second inning and the third and on until I was taken out of the game".

One year after almost costing the Indians a trip to the World Series, Bauer helped them take the first step back. The Indians are 7-2 against the Yankees this season and have won the last five meetings. It should have been ruled an inning-ending strikeout, but the plate umpire Dan Iassagna called it a hit plate. The Yankees are sending Masahiro Tanaka to the mound and the Tribe will go with Carlos Carrasco.

Francisco Lindor followed with a grand slam off Chad Green, and the Indians' 9-8 win in 13 innings will be remembered for Girardi's failure to ask for a replay review.

It was the Indians' first three-game sweep of the Yankees in NY since 1989, and kept alive a winning streak that extended to a franchise-best and American League-record 22 games.

"Very seldom have I ever wasted a challenge when it wasn't conclusive", he said. "So we're obviously not going to do anything roster wise".

Indeed, Girardi stressed "we need (Tanaka) to pitch like he pitched the other day", when the Japanese righty blew away the Blue Jays for a career-high 15 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings in his final start on September 29.