The Yankees' offense exploded to score six runs over the course of two innings to help overcome sloppy defense and a four-run deficit to beat the Astros, 6-4, in Game four of the ALCS. >> Read more
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. and Yankees starter Sonny Gray each tossed five scoreless innings to open the game, but Houston struck first in the sixth inning when Yuli Gurriel hit a three-RBI double to give his team a 3-0 lead.
The Yankees' offense came alive in the seventh inning, when Aaron Judge hit a home run and Gary Sanchez added a sacrifice fly to cut Houston's lead in half.
An inning later, Chase Headley scored on a fielder's choice, Judge hit an RBI double to plate Jacoby Ellsbury, and Gary Sanchez's two-RBI double gave New York a 6-4 lead.
Closer Aroldis Chapman struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to secure the save and the win for the Yankees, who won back-to-back games at home after falling into an early 2-0 series deficit.
Remember when people said Judge and Gary "weren't clutch?"- New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 18, 2017
Over and over this season, the Yankees showed they had no quit in them. The team looked dead and buried until the seventh inning in Game 4. There were miscues galore and the bats had gone completely silent after Game 3's explosion.
The Yankees have done a tremendous job turning the page when they need to and they figured it out tonight against Houston's shaky bullpen after McCullers manhandled them through six innings. At the beginning of the series I commented that the Astros' bullpen was their weak link, and that played out in Game 4. After the Yankees halved the score, the Astros turned to their closer, Giles, who has now failed to pitch an inning in the postseason without allowing a run. Four runs later the Yankees were on their way to tying the series.
Gray did a tremendous job considering he had not pitched in 12 days. He wasn't dominant, but he never got into serious trouble until he was pulled in the sixth inning. There is no telling how this game may have played out if Gray had been lifted prior to the inning beginning, instead of once he got into trouble and the Astros pulled ahead by three. However, Chad Green settled things down in the seventh and eighth innings, allowing the Yankees to put together their four-run eighth.
The momentous feeling of what seemed like a loss into a victory, going from potentially down 3-1 to being tied at 2-2 with Dallas Keuchel looming in Game 5 cannot be understated. The Yankees will have to lean on Masahiro Tanaka and make Keuchel work hard in order to get to the Astros pen again. It's now proven to be the Yankees best chance to get back to Houston with the series lead.
What's next: The Yankees will host the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday at 5:08 p.m.