The Yankees stayed alive and evened up the best-of-five series at two games apiece by beating Tampa Bay 5-1 Thursday night.
Gerrit Cole will start the deciding game 5 tonight. He has never pitched on three days rest before.
The rest of the division series are over. The winner of the Yankees/Rays game tonight faces Houston in the ALCS. The NLCS features the Braves against the Dodgers.
Houston, of course, beat the Yanks in the ALCS in 2017 and 2019.
The Yanks scored twice in the second inning. Luke Voit led off the inning with a 450 ft. home run, then walks to Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela loaded the bases. After Kyle Higashioka struck out, D.J. LeMahieu hit a SF.
Tampa Bay got their only run in the top of the third.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Gardner singled and Torres followed with a two-run HR.
The Yanks added their final run in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Torres singled. After another out, he stole second and scored on a single by Higashioka.
The Yankees’ bullpen came through with five no -hit innings after a decent, if short, start by Jordan Montgomery.
LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI. Great defensive play.
Voit solo HR
Gardner 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, 2-run HR
Higashioka 2 hits, RBI
Montgomery 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K.
Green (WINNER) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Britton (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Chapman (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.