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Tor­res, Voit help Yan­kees force Game 5

Braves, Astros punch their tick­ets to LCS

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SAN DIEGO — Luke Voit and Gley­ber Tor­res hit im­pres­sive home runs, Jor­dan Mont­gomery and three re­liev­ers com­bined on a three-hit­ter and the New York Yan­kees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Thurs­day night to force a de­cid­ing fifth game in their AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries.

The Yan­kees bounced back from two straight losses against their AL East ri­vals to set up an ex­pected show­down be­tween aces Ger­rit Cole of New York and Tyler Glas­now of Tampa Bay tonight.

Cole, backed by four home runs, beat Snell 9-3 in the se­ries opener Mon­day and will be pitch­ing on short rest for the first time in his big league ca­reer. Yan­kees man­ager Aaron Boone said the de­ci­sion was made when he passed his ace Thurs­day and made eye con­tact.

“Hey, give me the ball,” he re­mem­bered Cole say­ing.

Cole said he took in­spi­ra­tion from watch­ing CC Sa­bathia, Justin Ver­lan­der and other past aces carry teams on short rest.

“When the lights turn on, it doesn’t mat­ter if it’s three, four, five, six, seven days,” Cole said. “Ït’s a spe­cial op­por­tu­nity.

Glas­now will be pitch­ing on two days’ rest af­ter throw­ing 93 pitches.

The Game 5 win­ner will re­main in San Diego to face the Hous­ton Astros in the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries start­ing Sun­day night.

The Yan­kees are try­ing to reach the ALCS for the third time in four sea­sons fol­low­ing elim­i­na­tions by the Astros at that stage in 2017 and last sea­son. The Rays are try­ing to ad­vance to the ALCS for the first time since 2008, when they made it to their only World Se­ries.

Wear­ing their home pin­stripes for a sec­ond straight night at neu­tral site Petco Park, the Yan­kees lived up to their Bronx Bombers nick­name.

Voit, who led the ma­jors with 22 homers in the pan­demic-short­ened sea­son, led off the sec­ond by driv­ing a 1-0 pitch from Rays opener Ryan Thomp­son into the sec­ond deck in left field for his first ca­reer post­sea­son shot.

Astros 11, Ath­let­ics 6

LOS AN­GE­LES — Car­los Cor­rea hit a go-ahead, three-run homer af­ter Michael Brant­ley’s two-run shot in the fourth in­ning, help­ing Hous­ton beat Oak­land to clinch its home-run heavy AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries in four games.

Cor­rea drove in five as the Astros — October vil­lains to many a year af­ter their sign­steal­ing scan­dal was re­vealed — ad­vanced to the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries for the fourth con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

It will be their first ALCS un­der Dusty Baker, their 71-year-old man­ager. Baker earned his first close­out win since the 2003 NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries and im­proved to 4-13 in close­outs.

Hous­ton will play ei­ther the New York Yan­kees or Tampa Bay Rays in the be­stof-seven ALCS in San Diego.

The Astros and A’s com­bined for 24 homers — 12 each — the most in a post­sea­son se­ries of five games or less.

Braves 7, Mar­lins 0

HOUS­TON — Not since the days of John Smoltz, Greg Mad­dux and Tom Glavine had the At­lanta Braves pitched like this in the play­offs.

And even those future Hall of Famers didn’t throw the way these Braves have this post­sea­son.

“What those guys did on the mound is al­most mind­blow­ing,” man­ager Brian Snitker said.

Rookie Kyle Wright daz­zled for six in­nings in his post­sea­son de­but, and the Braves rode their su­perb pitch­ing to beat Mi­ami for a three-game sweep and their first trip to the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries since 2001.

Wright (1-0) was sharp de­spite not pitch­ing since Sept. 25, al­low­ing three hits and walk­ing two with a ca­reer-high seven strike­outs.

At­lanta be­came the sec­ond team in his­tory to throw four shutouts in the first five play­off games, join­ing the 1905 New York Giants be­hind Hall of Famers Christy Mathew­son and Joe Mcgin­nity.

 ?? Chris­tian Petersen / Getty Im­ages ?? The Yan­kees’ Gley­ber Tor­res, left, tags out the Rays’ Yandy Diaz for a dou­ble play dur­ing the first in­ning of Game 4 of the Amer­i­can League Di­vi­sion Se­ries on Thurs­day at Petco Park in San Diego.
Chris­tian Petersen / Getty Im­ages The Yan­kees’ Gley­ber Tor­res, left, tags out the Rays’ Yandy Diaz for a dou­ble play dur­ing the first in­ning of Game 4 of the Amer­i­can League Di­vi­sion Se­ries on Thurs­day at Petco Park in San Diego.

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