The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox stayed alive in the MLB playoffs after defeating the Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros respectively.
The Yankees momentarily erased the memory of Friday's collapse by defeating the Indians 1-0 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
Still down 2-1 in the best-of-five American League Division Series, the Yankees will have to produce more magic to reach the Champions Series.
The Red Sox also clawed back the deficit to 2-1 against the Astros with a 10-3 triumph in Boston.
After dropping games one and two of the ALDS in convincing fashion, the Red Sox fought back from an early 3-0 hole to beat the Astros.
PRICE PROVES TRUSTWORTHY IN POSTSEASON
Red Sox starting pitcher Doug Fister was lifted from the game in the second inning with three earned runs. Joe Kelly came on to finish the second inning, and pitch the third inning, but then it was David Price's turn.
Price entered the game 2-8 with a 5.32 postseason ERA, which gave him an unsavoury reputation in clutch situations. But Price tossed four shutout innings with four strikeouts in relief Sunday, helping Boston stave off elimination.
Price, who became the first Red Sox pitcher with four-plus innings pitched in relief in a postseason game since Pedro Martinez 1999, has not allowed a run in 6.6 innings of relief work this postseason. He had compiled a 6.28 ERA as a starter in his previous four playoff appearances.
TANAKA BECAME THE ACE NEW YORK NEEDED, CHAPMAN STARRING
Tanaka was inconsistent this year. His entire regular season could be summed up in his last two starts — both against the Toronto Blue Jays. In the first of the two starts, Tanaka allowed seven earned runs in 5.6 innings. He then followed it up by striking out 15 batters in seven shutout innings.
Tanaka was like that all season. Thankfully for the Yankees, his best form was on display on Sunday, when he tossed seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts. Luis Severino struggled in the wildcard game, and CC Sabathia's most dominant days are behind him. Tanaka needed to be the Yankees' defacto ace, and he delivered.
After helping the Chicago Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years last season, Aroldis Chapman is back with the Yankees. The flame-throwing closer consistently eclipsed 100mph, while recording a five-out save.
Chapman was called on early when it looked like the Indians might scrape together some momentum in the eighth inning. He instantly made an impact striking out his first three batters en route to four strikeouts on the night.
RAMIREZ BUSTS LOOSE
After being held out of the starting line-up in game one, and failing to record a hit in game two, Ramirez reminded everyone why he is one of the most dangerous power threats on Boston's roster by collecting four hits (one double) with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Though Ramirez can be mercurial at the plate, he proved his value by recording the third four-for-four game in Red Sox postseason history. The other two instances came in 1986 (Rich Gedman and Spike Owen).
SEE YOU LATER!
Carlos Correa sent one into the seats.
Greg Bird goes deep for the Yankees in the seventh inning.
ASTROS AT RED SOX, YANKEES HOST INDIANS
Boston will try again to stave off the Astros at home. Both teams have found offensive success this series, and that should continue as the Red Sox and the Astros start to work deeper into their rotations.
New York's Severino will attempt to rebound from a tough wildcard start to extend this series. The Indians will counter with Josh Tomlin as they try to lock up the series to avoid a nervy game five back in Cleveland.
|Cubs use five-run fifth inning to trump Cardinals|
|Angels star Ohtani cleared to resume pitching|
|Manny Machado dealt to Dodgers|
|Angels clap back at Manfred´s marketing comments on Trout|
|MLB All-Star 2018: Seven things you missed at Midsummer Classic|
|American League win home run-filled MLB All-Star game|
|Harper wins Home Run Derby in Nationals Park|
|Pirates secure five-game sweep of Brewers with walk-off win|
|Cubs´ Darvish hopes to return by next weekend|
|Bogaerts hits walk-off grand slam to deliver Red Sox win over Blue Jays|
|Cardinals dismiss Matheny, name Shildt interim manager|
|Braves place closer Vizcaino back on DL, manager concerned about injury|
|Rays´ Ramos won´t play All-Star Game due to hamstring injury|
|Gary Sanchez injury update: Yankees catcher on track to return after All-Star break|
|Indians hold off Yankees comeback, Blue Jays end Red Sox´s run|
|Chase Utley to retire after MLB season|
|Pujols placed on 10-day DL with left knee inflammation|
|Red Sox earn 10th straight win; Pujols matches Ken Griffey Jr.|
|Mets get walk-off win, but again give deGrom no support|
|Rockies, Indians help break MLB record|
|Astros´ Bregman to participate in Home Run Derby|
|Brewers´ Aguilar, Mariners´ Segura win Final Vote for All-Star Game|
|Astros´ Hinch on Giles´ demotion: He´s got to sort some things out|
|Reds score seven runs in ninth to top Indians|
|Gray on recent struggles: I´m going to figure it out|
|Slumping Nationals topped by Pirates, fall to .500|
|Molina in for All-Star Game, replacing ailing Posey|
|Price says he hasn´t thought about opting out of Red Sox contract|
|Ohtani´s pinch-hit home run leads Angels past Dodgers|
|Archer mad about Rays team-mate Snell´s All-Star snub|
|Brewers blow past Braves with convincing win|
|Judge, Stanton to skip Home Run Derby|
|Trout, Arenado headline MLB All-Star Game starters|
|Phillies win again as trade rumours surface|
|Reynolds hits walk-off home run to lead Nationals past Marlins|
|Banned pitcher Mejia cleared to return to MLB in 2019|
|Nationals rally from 9-0 deficit to beat Marlins|
|Giants activate Cueto from 60-day DL|
|Astros win in 10, pad lead over hot Mariners|
|Syndergaard could return for Mets by All-Star break|
|Yankees rookie Torres goes on 10-day DL with right hip strain|
|Dodgers acquire reliever Floro from Reds|
|Dodgers infielder Muncy matching Babe Ruth´s home run prowess|
|Cubs postpone Bryant´s return as shoulder pain lingers|
|Angels activate rookie sensation Ohtani from 10-day DL|
|Acuna sends Braves past Yankees|
|Diamondbacks activate Pollock from DL|
|Cubs hit double digits again in 11-10 win over Twins|
|WATCH: Knapp crushes walk-off, upper-deck home run in 13th|
|Devers hits grand slam as Red Sox claim big win over Yankees|
|Yankees trounce Red Sox, Rays break Astros´ road win streak|
|Another Rays pitcher injured as Font expected to miss ´significant time´|
|Red Sox acquire Pearce from Blue Jays|
|Nola dominates Nationals to continue home success|
|Brewers outfielder Yelich leaves game with lower back tightness|
|Correa placed on 10-day DL with back soreness|
|Bregman sends Astros past Blue Jays|
|Cubs closer Morrow activated from 10-day DL after pants fiasco|
|Red Sox sign All-Star infielder Phillips|
|Werth announces retirement from MLB after 15 years|
|Yankees ace Severino continues strong start against Phillies|
|WATCH: Stanton smashes BP home run off Citizens Bank Park tower|
|Cubs place star Bryant on DL with shoulder inflammation|
|Blake Snell continues breakout season|
|Reds rally to complete four-game sweep of Cubs|
|Braves place closer Vizcaino on DL with right shoulder inflammation|
|Yankees catcher Sanchez likely heading to DL|
|Dodgers top Mets in Kershaw´s return from DL|
|Red Sox edge Mariners in 34-hit extravaganza|
|Cubs bested by Harvey, Yankees sweep Mariners|