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Didi Gregorius powers Yankees past Indians to advance to ALCS

CLEVELAND — Cleveland, rocked.

And Joe Girardi, you’re officially off the hook.

The Yankees pulled off a shocker on Wednesday night, rallying back from an 0-2 series deficit to stun the favored Indians 5-2 in Game 5 at Progressive Field and advance to the ALCS.

The Bombers became just the 10th team in MLB history to rally back from an 0-2 deficit en route to winning a best-of-five series.

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Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees celebrates in the locker room after their 5 to 2 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game Five of the American League Divisional Series at Progressive Field on October 11, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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Didi Gregorius, who came into the series with one hit in 13 at-bats, homered twice against Corey Kluber, stunning the soldout crowd and giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

Kluber, the likely 2017 AL Cy Young award winner, posted a 12.79 ERA in the ALDS, surrendering nine runs and four homers in 6.1 innings (two starts).

CC Sabathia tied his season-high with nine strikeouts before giving up four straight singles with one out in the fifth. RBI hits by Roberto Perez and Giovanny Urshela forced Girardi to turn to David Robertson, who got a 6-3 doubleplay to get out of the frame.

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Didi Gregorius accounted for three of the Yankees’ five runs Wednesday.

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Aroldis Chapman, the $ 86 million closer who suffered a blown save in Game 7 of the World Series, recorded the final six outs. He hasn’t allowed a run since August.

Brett Gardner culminated a 12-pitch at-bat against Cody Allen with a two-out, RBI single in the ninth that scored a pair of runs due to an error, sending droves of fans to the exits. It led to “Let’s Go Yankees!” chants.

The Tribe won an AL record 22 straight games during the regular season, and had won 35 of 39 in taking the first two games of the series from the Bombers.

Members of the New York Yankees celebrate early Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in Game 5 of a baseball American League Division Series in Cleveland. The Yankees advanced to the ALCS.

Members of the New York Yankees celebrate early Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in Game 5 of a baseball American League Division Series in Cleveland. The Yankees advanced to the ALCS.

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But things turned after Girardi’s massive managerial blunder in Game 2, with Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino picking him up at home.

And then, his team took care of business in a do-or-die game on the road.

The Astros await.

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CC Sabathia was solid for four innings before running into trouble in the fifth.

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PLAY OF THE GAME

CC Sabathia got off the mound quickly to make a basket catch on Robert Perez’s bunt attempt. Sabathia then slid on his knees, chuckling after the fact.

TURNING POINT

Didi Gregorius’ solo shot in the first inning and two-run shot in the third — both off Corey Kluber — put the Yankees ahead to stay.

STAR OF THE GAME

Didi Gregorius. Anyone who hits two homers off Corey Kluber and singles off Andrew Miller in the same game is a lock.

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Corey Kluber lasted just 3.2 innings.

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STAT OF THE GAME

Aaron Judge finished the ALDS with 16 strikeouts – a new postseason record.

UNSUNG HERO

David Robertson produced eight outs in relief of CC Sabathia.

MIA

Aaron Judge, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. It was his third four-strikeout game this series. Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird both struck out three times.

UP NEXT

Friday at Houston (Game 1), 8 p.m.: TBA vs. Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90 ERA regular season)

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