Yankees-Indians: Tribe Walks Off with 5-4 Win

Ryan Mace@@rmacejrContributor IJune 1, 2009

CLEVELAND - APRIL 10:  Jhonny Peralta #2 (R) of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with teammate Mark DeRosa #7 after scoring against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning April 10, 2009 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Indians have taken game three of a four-game set with the New York Yankees at Progressive Field.

Jhonny Peralta stole the show in the ninth, driving in the game winning run on his third career walk-off RBI. He finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBI.

The Indians started off right in the third inning with a Peralta single, that scored two, and a Mark DeRosa sacrifice fly, scoring Ben Francisco, making it a 3-0 ball game.

They were back at it in the fifth, adding one more on a Shin-Soo Choo sacrifice fly to make it a 4-0 game.

Then New York struck back in the sixth.

Mark Teixeira came up with a man on and drove a two run home run to right field, making it a 4-2 game. But they weren't done. In the eighth inning, Teixeira came through again for the Yanks, driving a double to deep center field that scored Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter.

After a shaky, but scoreless ninth by Kerry Wood, the Tribe was looking for a walk off win. Phil Coke came in to relieve Chien-Ming Wang, who pitched well in his relief stint. Trevor Crowe started off the inning with a walk, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Asdrubal Cabrera to advance Crowe to second.

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Then, Robertson came in to relieve Coke.

Ben Francisco drew a walk, bring up Jhonny Peralta, with a chance to win the game. Peralta took an easy approach, got his pitch, and drove it into left field, scoring Crowe for the game winner.

Kerry Wood (2-2) picked up the win for Cleveland, and New York reliever Phil Coke (1-3) picked up the loss.

Carl Pavano pitched solidly against his old club, throwing seven and 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, striking out four; while Yankee starter Phil Hughes pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits.

The Indians will go for a series split Monday night at Progressive Field. Joba Chamberlain (2-1) is scheduled to start against Jeremy Sowers (1-2). It will be the first time Chamberlain has pitched in Cleveland since the "bug game" in the 2007 ALDS.

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