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W-Indians: Tribe takes 2-0 lead in thriller


CLEVELAND — Start spreading the news. The Indians are leaving today. They’ll make a brand-new start of it in New York — with a 2-0 AL Divisional Series lead.

Kenny Lofton is greeted at home plate by Victor Martinez as the Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees, 2-1, Friday in the 11th inning to take a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series.

With their penchant for dramatics on display again Friday night at Jacobs Field, the Indians outlasted the New York Yankees, 2-1, in 11 innings to win Game 2 of the division series.

The win came complete with a bizarre barrage of midges invading the field to help Cleveland tie the game in the eighth inning, and ended with Travis Hafner delivering a game-winning single with two outs and the bases loaded on a 3-2 pitch in the 11th.

It doesn’t get any more dramatic than that.

As a result, the Indians will resume the series at Yankee Stadium on Sunday in the driver’s seat. 

“It’s always good to be up 2-0 going to their place,” said Kenny Lofton, who has played a pivotal part in each of the Indians’ wins.

“We just have to go out and play our game and keep doing what we’ve been doing. That’s all we have to do.”

Though they are in an ideal position, the Indians know nothing is over yet, not with the series shifting to the Bronx, one of the most storied baseball venues in the history of the game.

“Obviously Yankee Stadium is really a tough place to play,” Hafner said. “So our focus will turn to Game 3 and just trying to win that one.”

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