Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Red Sox move on to ALCS with heart-stopping win over Yankees

Red Sox move on to ALCS with heart-stopping win over Yankees

Craig Kimbrel and the Boston Red Sox held off the Yankees' ninth-inning rally that ended with a video replay, eliminating NY with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night that set up a postseason rematch with the World Series champion Houston Astros. "I know with the (Yankees-Red Sox) rivalry and everything, we've played some games there and it's been loud, but nothing like the way it's going to be on Monday". He even got offended when the Red Sox bunted at him to test his fielding capabilities in a 2017 game.

Former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) shined in his first career postseason start, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings. Closer Craig Kimbrel almost blew the game, however, as he walked two batters and Gary Sanchez just missed a walk-off grand slam when his towering fly ball to left field was caught on the warning track. He finally induced Torres to ground out to Eduardo Nunez for the final out.

While losing to a strong Yankees team wouldn't have been a disgrace, the victory does help validate the success in the regular season, especially after the Red Sox flamed out in the Division Series to the Astros last season and were swept by the Indians in 2016.

The Red Sox hold homefield advantage over the Astros, but Houston holds homefield advantage over the Yankees.

CC Sabathia will start tonight with the season on the line and it'll be his third elimination game start since last season. Hernandez had four plays reviewed in the first four innings, with his lone successful call coming via an upheld call on a Luke Voit single in the bottom of the fourth. If he's up with the bases empty and two outs tonight, he might want to be prepared to duck. And he squarely hit Brock Holt's bat, and the result was a two-run homer in the ninth that gave Holt the first cycle in postseason history.

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Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks remained out of the lineup after missing Game 2 with tightness in his right hamstring, which forced him from the series opener Friday. The Red Sox infielder ended the night 4-for-6 with five RBIs and three runs scored. But since he had first base Monday night, he'll be behind the plate for Tuesday night's Game 4. Cora's bullpen moves paid off in Game 4 as Matt Barnes threw a ideal sixth, Ryan Brasier tossed a flawless seventh.

The Red Sox now have some starting pitchers who can handle the pressure and use hostile atmospheres to fuel their adrenaline. and some who can't. "I think the connection that our players and our fans have is a special one, and now you put it in the postseason, and you bring the Red Sox, a rival who was a great team this season, and I think it's going to be electric".

"I watched pretty much all the games", the Yankees manager said.

"You could always get an all-hands-on-deck situation any one of these games that come up", added Boone. That's why they won the pitching in Game 3 here at Yankee Stadium.

Next up: The defending champs, who rolled through Cleveland in sweeping their series. Now back at home, will NY win again tonight to grab the lead in the series and pull within one win of taking the series? Sale didn't pitch in that series, but neither did Verlander.

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