2018 AL Division Series

BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3 – Red Sox manage to escape the Bronx, move on to ALCS

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NEW YORK -- All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Yankees, complete with BSJ analysis and insight



Ninth-inning madness: It's never easy in Yankee Stadium and this one was no exception. Leading 4-1 in the ninth, closer Craig Kimbrel struggled mightily, with two walks, a hit batsman, a sacrifice fly and a single as two runs scored. It came down to the Yankees having the tying run at second, and the Sox, via a charging play from Eduardo Nunez, just barely nipping Gleyber Torres on a slow roller to third. Even that required a replay challenge, with the call finally upheld. The Sox stood in suspended animation, poised to celebrate, but not quite ready to erupt until the out was made official. "It was nerve-wracking,'' said Steve Pearce of the whole ninth inning. "That crowd starts to get into it and you can see the whole momentum starting to shift. We're glad we ended it when it did. The whole inning was pure drama -- might as well throw that (replay challenge) wrinkle in, too. Once it was confirmed, it was awesome to celebrate with teammates. You can't draw it up any better than that.''


Sale got the 8th: Before the game, Cora