Sox beat Yankees 4-3, advance to ALCS

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The 108-win Red Sox entered the postseason with more questions than the SATs while the Wild Card Yankees looked like a team nobody wanted to face this October. Eovaldi allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, throwing 72 of 97 pitches for strikes.

Game 4 is Tuesday, and the Red Sox are one win away from meeting the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.

This came after what looked like a game-winning decision in the eighth inning by Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who had his ace, Chris Sale, come in out of relief and pitch a ideal 1-2-3 inning.

On Tuesday, Hernandez will shift behind the plate. He allowed two runs by hitting Neil Walker in the foot and allowing a sacrifice fly to Gary Sanchez to deep left but escaped by retiring Gleyber Torres.

The ball died at the warning track and Kimbrel got a groundout from Torres to end the game and send the Red Sox celebrating on their rivals home field for the second time in less than three weeks.

Trailing in Game 4 of the AL Division Series, the Yankees scored twice in the ninth and had runners at first and second with two outs.

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Yankees: The 38-year-old Sabathia (9-7, 3.65) will be on 11 days' rest when he makes his 23rd postseason start. Simply put, they depend on their ability to hit the ball out of the park, and when they don't do it, they aren't built to manufacture runs in other ways. When Didi Gregorius lashed a double off Porcello in the fourth, it represented the Yankees' first extra-base hit since the seventh inning of Game 2. Sabathia got Xander Bogaerts to ground out, bringing up Ian Kinsler. They walked six and fanned eight.

"He got his normal pitches routine", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. A great bullpen can't carry home a victory if it is never handed a lead to protect. Yet manager Alex Cora didn't want to risk the series reaching that point.

Of all the outcomes Monday night's Game 3 could have been expected to produce, this was perhaps the least likely. Amazingly, he just might be in the midst of the most disastrous night of his far from distinguished career.

The Red Sox made it 4-0 when Vazquez lined a 2-1 fastball into the right field seats off Zach Britton.

Though his own bullpen was nowhere as potent as his opponent's, Cora was decisive in going to it in the sixth inning, after watching the Yankees take a series of impressive swings and taxing at-bats against Porcello in the fifth. They got shutout innings from Matt Barnes, Ryan Brazier, and ace-turned-temporary-setup-man Chris Sale, which was a surprise.

When asked whether there should be a mechanism for umpires to be removed from a series if they have a game as poor as Hernandez had Monday, Sabathia said: "Yeah, that's what we do".

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