Red Sox beat Yankees, advance to ALCS

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On Wednesday night, after hanging on to beat NY 4-3 following a replay review of the final out, the Red Sox headed for the away clubhouse and did as every baseball team does in the postseason: they popped large bottles of champagne.

The Red Sox manager benched a player who had just hit for the cycle, started a backstop who hadn't caught Rick Porcello all season, took his dominant starting pitcher out after five innings to leave the game up to his shaky bullpen, and by the end of it all, was on his way to the ALCS.

The Red Sox made it 4-0 when Vazquez lined a 2-1 fastball into the right field seats off Zach Britton. A year after losing to Houston in a four-game ALDS, the Red Sox open the best-of-seven matchup against the 103-win Astros on Saturday night at Fenway Park. He didn't yield until the fifth inning, when a Gary Sánchez ground-rule double, a Gleyber Torres single, and a Brett Gardner sacrifice fly gave the Yankees their first run.

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Matt Barnes got two groundouts in a scoreless sixth, Ryan Brasier pitched a ideal seventh and Chris Sale ended a scoreless eighth by striking out Hicks. Barnes and Ryan Brasier followed with a flawless inning each to protect a 4-1 lead. The eighth belonged to Chris Sale. And Craig Kimbrel, seemingly the surest bet in the bullpen, somehow survived an eventful ninth. Dominant closer, three-run lead, what could go wrong? Kimbrel followed that up by hitting Neil Walker with a wayward curve to force in a run, making the score 4-2. Torres was ruled out and the call was upheld on replay review, officially giving the Red Sox a 4-3 win. But the Red Sox were knocked out in the Division Series in 2016 and '17, had not reached the sport's final four since their last title.

After a drubbing Monday night, the Yankees have to pick themselves off the canvas and get ready for Game 4. "This is one I'll remember for a long time and hopefully we can carry this over to tomorrow".

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