After 1st postseason cycle, Holt returns to Boston’s bench

FILE- Clockwise from top left Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt connects for a base hit in the fourth inning hits a ground-rule double in the eighth inning hits a two-run triple in the fourth inning and follows through on a two-run home run in the nin

NY faced a win-or-go-home predicament in that 1978 clash between these storied rivals, and did so again Tuesday night.

Porcello needed only 25 pitches to get through New York's lineup the first time and entered the fifth inning with only 40 pitches. But the Red Sox escaped one batter later when Gleyber Torres grounded out to Eduardo Nunez at third base. Price has won two games in relief. With a win, Boston will earn a trip to the American League Champion Series and a date with the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros.

"I didn't expect to come here and lose two in a row".

"I just want to win".

The Astros knocked the Red Sox out of the postseason last year, the only year the teams have met in the postseason.

This time, a 2018 season that began with sky-high expectations - now over in bitter disappointment. The Red Sox are looking to win their 12th American League pennant.

On deck, a long winter of wondering how they've fallen behind in a rivalry they dominated for almost a century. They were built to win a title. Boston took Games 6 and 7 at Yankee Stadium on the way to its first World Series championship in 86 years.

By then, the Red Sox appeared in control. After splitting two games at Fenway Park, they quieted the Yankees' boisterous crowd - and their unsafe bats.

"Definitely frustrating", Boone said. It's one of those that either we get to CC early and they bring (in) the righties, or we have to grind out at-bats against CC for five innings, and we need the righties.

Before the last two games, NY was 7-0 at home over the past two postseasons.

"It's a good song". All that being said, Hernandez didn't cost the Yankees this series. He inserts utility man Brock Holt at second base Monday night in Game 3, and Holt hits for the cycle. Sabathia uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Pearce to move to third. And I have a ton of respect for Aaron Judge, I think he will have rings. Honorable mention goes to catcher Christian Vazquez, who probably had at least two near-death experiences while keeping Kimbrel's haywire sliders in front of him in the ninth. They won, somehow, and now and again it's left to the Yankees to deal with a winter of what-ifs.

Ian Kinsler was back at second base Tuesday night for Game 4 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees and left-hander CC Sabathia.

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