Astros: Indians or Yankees the better matchup for the ALCS?

Sale had thrown four scoreless innings in relief and allowed just two hits while walking none. But Sale also surrendered his second home run of the series to Alex Bregman, this time a tying shot in the eighth inning to start Houston's comeback.

With Cody Bellinger driving in runs and Yu Darvish and the bullpen preventing them, the Dodgers completed their three-game sweep of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile on Monday with a 3-1 victory over the D-backs at Chase Field to reach the NL Championship Series presented by Camping World for the second consecutive year.

He proved that quickly, mashing a two-run home run to give the Red Sox their first lead in the series.

The victory put the Cubs up 2-1 in the best-of-five series with a chance to close it out at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. And then the Red Sox playing at home, knowing that they gotta win another game and then go back to Houston. The series victor will face the Astros for a spot in the World Series.

When the cocky Red Sox fans were chanting Justin Verlander's name after he came on in relief for the first time in his career, and had trouble with the slippery footing, throwing a cement-mixer slider that Andrew Benintendi crushed to right for a two-run home run for a 3-2 lead in the fifth, the Red Sox were feeling pretty good about themselves.

Despite another disappointing playoff exit, Farrell said he believes he's the manager that can get the Red Sox over their current postseason stumbling block. Sale faced two more batters, giving up a single to Gattis before getting McCann to line out for out number two, then was pulled in favor of Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel. His only hit was a solo home run in game four but they still lost that game.

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After the HR, he tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings but that one pitch almost cost the Astros the game.

The Astros tacked on a much-needed insurance run off Kimbrel in the ninth when Carlos Beltran doubled in Marwin Gonzalez.

The Astros will play Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday; they'll either host the New York Yankees or play at the Cleveland Indians. Even 20-year-old third baseman Rafael Devers, who jump-started the team when he was called up in July and jump-started them again yesterday with a third-inning home run that gave them their first lead of the series, looked-in Hinch's words-excitable.

He did, hurling four shutout innings and allowing only four hits. "Usually I keep that stuff behind the scenes and say that stuff, but just my emotions got me there".

Sale, who may win the Cy Young Award, was the loser in two of Boston's three defeats in the ALDS; Verlander, who arrived via trade August 31, recorded two of Houston's wins. Cleveland might go with Game 1 victor Trevor Bauer on three days' rest. In his lone start versus Houston, he gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and one walk over six innings to take the loss.

"We've got a lot of guys coming back", he said. Not only that, but the Houston Astros absolutely dominated the first two games.

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