NEW YORK (AP) -Indians manager Eric Wedge stayed with Jake Westbrook, and the New York Yankees took advantage.
Westbrook fell apart in the fifth inning Sunday night and left in the sixth as the Yankees rallied for an 8-4 victory over Cleveland in Game 3 of their AL division series. New York avoided elimination and found its stride at the plate thanks in part to Wedge's slow hook.
Westbrook gave up at least one hit in each of the first three innings but his defense turned three double plays behind him to keep the Yankees offense in check.
Cleveland led 3-1 in the fifth but Westbrook couldn't hold on. He struck out Jason Giambi leading off but then surrendered four straight hits. Johnny Damon capped the four-run rally with a three-run homer to right with one out.
Westbrook finished the inning, and then came out for the sixth. Alex Rodriguez led off with a single and Wedge then decided to go to his outstanding bullpen, replacing Westbrook with Aaron Fultz.
By then, it was too late. The Yankees were rolling, pushing across three runs on Robinson Cano's RBI single and right fielder Trot Nixon's costly error.
Westbrook, who was making his first postseason appearance, is 0-3 with an 11.85 ERA in three starts against New York this year.
Cleveland's relievers tossed six scoreless innings in the first two games of the series, and turned in another nice effort in the Bronx. Aaron Fultz allowed two unearned runs but Jensen Lewis struck out the side in a perfect seventh and Joe Borowski pitched a scoreless eighth.
The Indians were sixth in the majors with a 3.73 bullpen ERA this season.

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