Astros and Dodgers move on, Cubs staff stands tall and Yankees force Game 5

Brian McCann (left) tags out Mitch Moreland (right) during the third inning in game four of the 2017 ALDS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. (Photo: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

HOUSTON ASTROS (3-1) 5
BOSTON RED SOX (1-3) 4

BOSTON, MA– Alex Bregman hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning, tying the game at three and sparking the Astros to score three runs in the final two innings. Justin Verlander and Ken Giles held the Red Sox to two runs, two hits and two walks, striking out one in the last four-and-two-thirds innings in relief.

Bregman’s home run his second of the series and of his playoff career. The game marked Verlander’s first relief appearance in his major league career.

Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run home run for the Red Sox, plating his only two RBI of the playoffs and doubling his career total to four.

The Astros move on to play in the Championship Series for the first time since 2005. They went on to represent the National League in the World Series that season.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (1-2) 1
CHICAGO CUBS (2-1) 2

CHICAGO, IL– Jose Quintana fanned seven and gave up one unearned run, two hits and one walk in five-and-two-thirds innings for the Cubs. Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards Jr. and Wade Davis let up one hit and struck out two in three-and-one-third scoreless innings for the Cubs.

The start and win were both firsts in Quintana’s postseason career.

Max Scherzer lasted six-and-one-third innings for the Nationals, surrendering one run on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts. He has not won a playoff start since 2013.

CLEVELAND INDIANS (2-2) 3
NEW YORK YANKEES (2-2) 7

NEW YORK, NY– Aaron Judge delivered a two-run double to cap off a four-run second inning for the Yankees. Luis Severino punched out nine in seven innings for the Yankees, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk. Tommy Kahnle struck out five over two hitless, scoreless innings for the Yankees, earning the save.

Judge’s double gave him his first RBI and hit off the series. Severino recorded his first career postseason win and strikeouts.

Carlos Santana smacked a two-run home run in the fourth inning, his first extra base hit of the series.

The Yankees will look to become the latest team to comeback from down 0-2 in the ALDS to win the series. The last was the Toronto Blue Jays against the Texas Rangers in 2015.

LOS ANGELES DODGER (3-0) 3
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (0-3) 1

PHOENIX, AZ– Cody Bellinger drove in two runs on two hits, including a solo home run, for the Dodgers. Yu Darvish fanned seven and let up one run on two hits in five innings for the Dodgers. Tony Cingrani, Brandon Morrow, Kenta Maeda and Kenley Jansen combined for four scoreless, hitless innings with four strikeouts.

The home run was Bellinger’s first of his playoff career and gave him his first postseason RBI. Darvish painted the strike zone, delivering first-pitch strikes to 10 of the 18 batters he faced, helping him to his first career playoff win.

Archie Bradley gave the Diamondbacks two-and-two-thirds scoreless innings in relief, surrendering one hit and two walks with one strikeout. Bradley finishes the playoffs with three runs (two earned), six hits and three walks allowed, striking out five in six innings in relief over three appearances.

The Dodgers move on to play in the NLCS for the second consecutive year.

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE:

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. CHICAGO CUBS (Game 4) 5:38 p.m.

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