Pedro Martinez goes off on 'horrible' Angel Hernandez

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

Pedro Martinez goes off on 'horrible' Angel Hernandez

"Everybody was rooting for him".

Why he's here: Ortiz was only in his second season with the Red Sox in 2004, but he had already started to establish the foundation of what would be a strong Hall of Fame case.

"Well obviously yeah, I knew I needed to hit a home run", Holt said after the game.

Mookie Betts, in fact, hit a 405-foot flyout to the center-field warning track to begin the game.

J.D. Martinez added an RBI single in the seventh off Jonathan Holder, and Holt hit an RBI double in the eighth off Stephen Tarpley.

■ Outfielder George Springer was one of three Astros to hit 20 regular season home runs (22) and 70 RBIs (71). Holt became the first player in postseason history to hit for the cycle. "Both games in Boston were good games, but we come here to win".

Every starter had at least one hit for the Red Sox, who piled up 18 in all.

Darling said after Benintendi stole second base, "Well, I guess [that's] from the school of never taking anything for granted".

Eovaldi pitched for the Yankees from 2015-16 before injuring his elbow, which required a second Tommy John surgery.

If New York pulls off a comeback, we would have playoff baseball in Houston this weekend, but if the Red Sox put the Yanks to sleep, Houston will be in Boston this weekend to get the ALCS started.

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Rick Porcello earned the win for his five innings of work. "I warm up quickly". "It was a special moment for me". "I think that would be weak for me to take that back".

Going with Eovaldi was one of several choices that paid off for Cora. The stolen base, in particular, was laughable in that it actually offended anyone. Christian Vazquez started at catcher over Sandy Leon. Mitch Moreland was 1-for-3 and scored a run.

Ron Darling, working for TBS, reported Monday night that Severino didn't get to the bullpen for his warm-ups until 7:32 p.m.

The Yankees, however, were holding Benintendi on with Luke Voit at the first base bag. So we feel like he's kind of lined up and ready to go for tomorrow.

Severino looked out of sorts in the outing, but his rushed pregame warmup likely had little to do with it. Jeered as he walked to the dugout during a seven-run burst in the fourth, it soon was 10-0. It certainly wouldn't be smart for Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia to plunk a guy on objective and risk getting ejected. "It wasn't an issue".

There were four replay challenges in the first four innings - all involving calls by first base umpire Angel Hernandez. The Red Sox are a +168 underdog, while the total is set at 8.5 runs.

Boston first baseman Steve Pearce stretched for an outstanding catch that nipped Torres.

"No choice but to flush", manager Aaron Boone said. Brett Gardner was back in center, but Boone said he wouldn't hesitate to use Hicks in any role off the bench. The Yankees traded for Boone at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, sending Branden Claussen and Charlie Manning and a bit of cash to Cincinnati, and Boone was good not great in the season's final two months. They had a 3.38 ERA in the regular season.

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