Red Sox 16, Yankees 1: Eovaldis brilliance, Holts cycle power Boston

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That was the last straw, so Boone came out to the mound - surely to bring in a talented and experienced reliever, right?

TBS announcer Ron Darling specifically noted that Severino got a late start warming up before the game. On Monday they were 2-for-4 against the righty and 8-for-17 on the night, including the first cycle in postseason history, authored by-of course-Holt.

He allowed seven hits and two walks over three-plus innings and exited with the bases loaded and nobody out with his New York Yankees down 3-0 to the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning.

"I told everyone, 'Get me up, ' " Holt said.

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It's only the fourth inning and a lot could still happen, but Game 3 of the ALDS looks like it belongs to the Red Sox. "It was a good night". He popped 31 homers for Boston in 2003 and followed that up with a 41-homer, 139-RBI, 145-OPS+ season in 2004 (he finished fourth in the AL MVP voting, which was announced after the postseason). Severino retired just nine batters, Lynn was hooked after facing just four men in relief and Nathan Eovaldi was left to cut through the risky NY lineup with a comfortable cushion.

"No, I didn't envision myself getting in these playoffs in that role", Romine said.

Severino was nicked for a single run in the second inning on an infield single by Christian Vazquez and surrendered two more in the third on a sacrifice lineout to left by J.D. Martinez and a fielder's-choice grounder by Rafael Devers. Boone stuck with Severino, who proceeded to walk Jackie Bradley, Jr. on four pitches to load the bases.

Roberts scored the tying run in Game 5, too, this time in the eighth inning. "We need to win tonight, and that way we can be ready to go for Game 4".

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And while it would be unfair for Red Sox fans to expect him to throw another one-hit complete game like he tossed against the Yankees on August 3, anything resembling that gem will likely send the Sox home after today's Game 4 in extremely high spirits. Like so many of their milestones set or matched this season, the previous reference points were teams that won championships. The Yankees never recovered, losing Game 3 of the American League Division Series, 16-1.

There were 329 pitches thrown by nine pitchers on Monday night, and it was Eovaldi who threw the 25 hardest.

For much of the season, the Red Sox seemed to be on autopilot, cruising to more wins than all but six teams in the history of the sport. "Rick pitched that inning on Monday, so we felt like one more day is going to benefit him if we stay away from him". "It was a special moment for me". "I don't think it's sunk in". He came up with two outs and runners on first and second; on the 10th pitch of his at-bat against Esteban Loaiza, Ortiz smacked a single into center, scoring Damon with the winning run. Jonathan Holder allowed one run in two innings, making him New York's most effective pitcher in the game. In a playoff game!

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