Sox beat Yankees 4-3, advance to ALCS

Home-field advantage Yankees and their electric fanbase have Red Sox right where they want them

Major League Baseball umpire Angel Hernandez had a worse game than the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

While the Red Sox got strong starts from Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi and Rick Porcello during the series, Yankees starters were charged with 15 runs over 13 innings in four games.

Given the circumstances, Yankees manager Aaron Boone probably should've had a reliever warming up after Sabathia hit Benintendi and certainly after Pearce singled. That's the trick and the set up - it's never easy, even when the end results suggests it kind of was - and the Red Sox' clinching 4-3 victory in Game 4 of the American League Division Series is just the latest example.

The Yankees didn't go quietly into the night, though.

Making his first playoff start this year, Holt opened the fourth with a single off Severino and capped the 26-minute outburst with a triple to right field. Only then did Boone come to get his young ace, but the snowball was already rolling down the hill by then.

Luis Severino and Lance Lynn played the hapless roles of Kevin Brown and Javier Vazquez, respectively, as Boston's offense raked both men over the coals. Ryan Brasier was available to work for a third time in as many games after throwing one inning on Saturday.

BOTTOM LINE: Boston holds a 2-1 lead over NY heading into Game 4 of the ALDS.

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The situation gained some traction on social media. Boone said Hicks was doing "significantly better", and sitting him was a much more hard decision than it was Saturday. And Boone was slow to pull a struggling Severino, admitting he could've made the move sooner, rather than waiting until Boston loaded the bases in a hurry. The trade deadline acquisition from Tampa Bay was overpowering, carving his way through seven innings in his first postseason start. The big lefty gave up five hits, walked two batters, and struck out one.

Instead, coming off a career-high 19 wins, he exited with a 1-2 record and a 6.26 ERA in six postseason starts.

Perhaps Boone gave Severino too much rope because he didn't have a good feeling about his bullpen. Dominant closer, three-run lead, what could go wrong? Chad Green allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings.

NY had not put a leadoff runner on until Kimbrel, a seven-time All-Star closer, walked Aaron Judge on four pitches leading off the ninth. The 2015 All-Star also doubled home a run in the eighth and finished with five RBIs.

Those hits came a night after Brock Holt and Rafael Devers helped the Red Sox roll to a 16-1 rout in Game 3.

There's no other way to put it.

A couple of them got a little exhausted, however. Fortunately for the Yankees, it only counts as one game. Or would they start Porcello and risk being eliminated?

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