Yankees 5, Indians 2 | Yankees win series, 3-2: Didi Gregorius Leads Yankees Past Indians and Into A.L.C.S.

Yankees 5, Indians 2 | Yankees win series, 3-2: Didi Gregorius Leads Yankees Past Indians and Into A.L.C.S.

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A year after losing a three-games-to-one lead to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, the Indians lost three straight to the Yankees here — and, just like last season, the final defeat came at their own ballpark.

The Yankees now head to Houston, where they will begin the American League Championship Series on Friday against a familiar face: the Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who helped eliminate them in the 2015 wild-card playoff.

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C.C. Sabathia struck out nine batters on just 67 pitches but he was removed with one out in the fifth inning after allowing a run to score.

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The Yankees, though, are unlikely to be cowed after rallying to knock off the Indians, who had roared their way to an American League-leading 102 victories and had lost only four times between Aug. 23 and the end of the regular season.

The Yankees staved off elimination first with a 1-0 win in Game 3 on Sunday behind Masahiro Tanaka’s dominant performance and Greg Bird’s solo homer. Then they evened the series Monday night with a 7-3 victory in…