Sox beat Yankees 4-3, advance to ALCS

Yankees ace Luis Severino not seeing eye to eye with Pedro Martinez

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A name no Red Sox fan likes to hear was on the field at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

There is plenty of concern for the visiting Red Sox, whose 108-win season could be in real trouble should they drop Game 3 against the Yankees.

After winning Games 1 and 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the series, the Red Sox were put in position to close the Yankees out in Game 4 thanks to an absolutely stellar pitching performance by Rick Porcello, a former AL Cy Young award victor.

Craig Kimbrel somehow, someway, got the save, almost squandering a three-run lead as part of a wild ninth inning.

Holt went 4-for-6 and finished off his cycle with a two-run homer off Yankees backup catcher Austin Romine in the ninth. The first-year manager said Price, the loser in the Red Sox's only defeat in the ALDS, is still in line to start Game 2.

"He got his normal pitches routine", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Still, given the way Cora navigated the Red Sox to three wins in four tries against a potent Yankees team, you'd have to give them a fighting chance against the Astros.

Since being traded to Boston from the Tampa Bay Rays, Eovaldi hasn't allowed an earned run in 16 innings against the Yankees while giving up just six hits. "Both games in Boston were good games, but we come here to win".

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Whether fatigue or dead-arm played any part in Severino's less than stellar summer, Martinez's supposed declaration of an injury to the Yankees No. 1 pitcher is not only inflammatory if untrue, but insanely underhanded if indeed accurate - considering Severino credited much of his 2017 success to the Hall of Famer.

Better late: Aaron Boone comes out to take the ball from Yankees starter Luis Severino in the fourth inning of Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

He finished with five RBI as Boston took a 2-1 series lead against NY. He held the Yankees to one run on four hits.

Severino started the fourth inning by loading the bases on two singles and a walk. Earlier this season during a game, Sabathia and Hernandez exchanged words when a 1-2 pitch to Angels' Justin Upton wasn't called a strike.

It can never be easy in NY, and it wasn't for the Red Sox in the ninth inning.

At the final out Tuesday night, at least once the replay review confirmed it, the Red Sox converged near the mound and hugged each other.

All that changed in 2004, when Mariano Rivera was finally unable to close out the pesky Red Sox and they rallied for an unprecedented comeback from a 3-0 deficit to win the ALCS.

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

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