CLEVELAND — Yan Gomes singled home Austin Jackson from second base with none out in the 13th inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied from five runs down to stun the New York Yankees 9-8 Friday and snatch a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series.
Jackson drew a leadoff walk in the 13th from Dellin Betances and stole second. Gomes went to a full count before pulling his bouncer just inside the third-base bag, easily scoring Jackson. The Indians poured out of their dugout to mob Gomes, who ended the 5-hour, 8-minute thriller.
The Indians overcame an 8-3 deficit, a terrible start by ace Corey Kluber and a potentially serious injury to slugger Edwin Encarnacion. Francisco Lindor hit a grand slam in the sixth to rally Cleveland, right after a close call on a hit by pitch that the Yankees didn’t challenge.
The Yankees had their chances late, but they stranded the go-ahead run at third in the ninth and 10th – and had pinch-runner Ronald Torreyes picked off second in the 11th by Gomes from the behind the plate.
Cleveland did it without designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, who left the game in the bottom of the first inning with an apparent right ankle sprain that appeared to be significant.
His ankle bent at a grotesque angle as he tried to return to second base on a soft line-drive out by teammate Jay Bruce.
Encarnacion had reached base after being hit in the knee by a pitch from Yankees starter CC Sabathia, and he advanced to second base on a Carlos Santana single. He was doubled off second by Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius on the Bruce lineout.
Encarnacion writhed in pain in the infield dirt before being helped off the field by Cleveland’s training staff. He was unable to put any weight on his right leg on his way to the dugout.
The Indians said he was being evaluated by the team’s medical staff to determine the extent of the injury, and he was later spotted wearing a walking boot and using crutches as he left the Indians clubhouse and got onto a cart. He had a suitcase and a backpack with him.
Cleveland will try for a sweep in Game 3 Sunday at Yankee Stadium.