The Red Sox may have taken home the division but the Yankees had the last laugh at least for now. Monday was a baseball filled day as all eight teams remaining were in action. Out of these games, the Sox took on the Houston Astros and the Yankees took on the Cleveland Indians. Both played their respective games down two games to one in the series which meant it was must win to force a deciding game five or go home. The Yankees did this the Sox did not. The Red Sox yet again gave up a first inning run as they did in every game in the series. But answered back with a Xander Bogaerts home run in the bottom half. The Astros went back to work in the top of the second with an RBI single by George Springer. Yet again, the Sox answered, but not until the bottom of the fifth when Andrew Benintendi blasted a three-run home run into the right field seats which gave his team a 3-2 lead. Rick Porcello was chased after just three innings when Chris Sale came in for the fourth. Sale was nearly perfect. The fourth through seventh inning were great. He was sent back out for the eighth when his fortune ran out. Alex Bregman took Sale deep for his second home run off of Sale in the series. This tied it up when later in the same inning Josh Reddick singled to left scoring pinch runner Cameron Maybin. The Sox found themselves in a 4-3 deficit when in the top of the ninth the Astros expanded their lead. Carlos Beltran, the well-known veteran leader had a pinch hit double on the monster that scored Marwin Gonzalez to make it 5-3 Astros. The Red Sox showed some life in the bottom of the ninth when rookie Rafael Devers hit an inside-the-park home run to center field but it was not enough. The Astros pitchers got Christian Vazquez to ground out to third, Jackie Bradley Jr to strike out swinging, and lastly Dustin Pedroia was the Sox last hope as he grounded out to second base to end the Red Sox season and send the Astros to the ALCS. Sale took home the loss and finished 0-2 with an ERA of 8.38 in the postseason. Justin Verlander came into relief for the Astros to pick up the win. Astros starter Charlie Morton was impressive as he struck out six through 4.1 innings. The Astros will await the winner of the Indians, Yankees series which enters game five Wednesday.
The New York Yankees did the opposite of the Boston Red Sox and forced a game five. With some great pitching and a lot of errors on the Indians defensive side, the Yankees took home the win. Todd Frazier opened up the scoring in the second inning with an RBI double to left field that plated Starlin Castro. In the same inning, Aaron Hicks had an RBI single to right center and Aaron Judge just missed yet another home run with a double to deep left that scored Hicks and Brett Gardner. The Yankees added onto their lead in the third when Gardner reached on an error with the bases loaded. The Yankees carried a 5-0 lead through the first three innings until Carlos Santana homered off of Yankees starter Luis Severino which scored Jay Bruce. They did not stop there as Roberto Perez homered the very next inning to make it 5-3 Yankees through five. The Yankees bounced back next inning when Gardner plated Frazier on a sacrifice fly. The scoring ended in the sixth when Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez went deep to right for a home run. The Indians finished with the same amount of hits as errors. Yankees used Severino for seven when Dellin Betances came in and walked the first two batters he saw. He was pulled after walking the first two and Tommy Kahnle came in when he recorded a six out save including five of the outs being strikeouts to take home the win and force a game five. The game is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET Wednesday night in Cleveland. The probable pitchers are yet to be determined but expect to see Corey Kluber for Cleveland and Sonny Gray for the Yankees. The winner will advance to take on the Houston Astros