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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Indians Ice World Champ Yanks 4-3

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 in a decisive Game 5, ending this dramatic series and the Yankees' quest for a second straight World Series title.


The Indians' second trip to the ALCS in three years begins Wednesday with Game 1 in Baltimore.


Rookie Jaret Wright, 21 only on his birth certificate, beat Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte again. Though he lasted only 5 1/3 innings after going six at Yankee Stadium in Game 2, the Indians bullpen took care of the rest.


Wright couldn't snap off fastballs in the high 90s forever, even on this great postseason roll that brings to mind names like Mike Boddicker, Fernando Valenzuela and Dave Righetti. The bullpen had to complete it.


Mike Jackson, the winner in Game 4's ninth-inning comeback, got the last two outs of the sixth. Left-hander Paul Assenmacher pitched 1 1/3 innings.


And Jose Mesa closed it out for his first postseason save since Game 5 of the 1995 World Series.


Mesa gave up a two-out double to Paul O'Neill in the ninth before getting Bernie Williams on a fly to left field for the final out.


Cleveland's offensive star was Manny Ramirez, who ended slides of 0-for-13 and 2-for-18 in the series with a two-run, ground-rule double off Pettitte in the third inning.


Wright, who beat Pettitte and New York at Yankee Stadium in Game 2, struck out five in 5 1/3 innings with the whole place standing on every two-strike count. He allowed eight hits -- seven singles -- and walked three.


Pettitte, a road warrior in the playoffs, ran into trouble in the third. Ramirez's double and a single by Matt Williams made it 3-0.


Sandy Alomar, who tied Game 4 with an eighth-inning homer, led off the fifth with a double to left-center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tony Fernandez.


Pettitte retired eight straight after that, but the Indians had done enough damage.


By eliminating the Yankees, the Indians perhaps lifted a 40-year curse in which New York held them spellbound.


Cleveland finished second five times in the 1950s to New York. In 1954, the Indians won a record 111 games, but got swept in the World Series by another New York team, the Giants.


Johnny Vander Meer, the only pitcher in major-league history to throw no-hitters in consecutive starts, died Monday in Tampa from an abdominal aneurysm.


Vander Meer, who was 119-121 over a 13-year career, threw consecutive no-hitters in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds. He held the Boston Bees without a hit on June 11, 1938, in a 3-0 victory and came back four days later to no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers for a 6-0 win.