The New York Yankees have done it again. After falling behind 2-0 in the ALCS, they won their second straight at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, 6-4, over the Houston Astros, tying the series at two-apiece. They pulled this one off in comeback fashion, rallying from a four-run deficit, as Gary Sanchez had the game-winning two-run double in the eighth. Aaron Judge began the rally with a solo home run in the seventh to get his team on the board, and then added an RBI double an inning later. Sanchez drove in three on the night, as the Yankees scored all six of their runs between the seventh and eighth innings. Lance McCullers Jr. was rolling into the seven in the start for Houston, with Judge's home run being the lone blemish on his line. Ken Giles gave up the go-ahead hit to suffer the loss, as the Yankees improved to 5-0 at home this postseason. Overall, they have won 18 of their past 21 games at home, as Aroldis Chapman threw a perfect ninth inning, which included two strikeouts. Judge had multiple hits in a game for the first time since the AL Wild Card Game, improving to just 7-for-22 this postseason. The Yankees are coming off c a comeback in the Wild Card Game and a comeback from a 2-0 ALDS deficit. They will look to stay perfect at home this postseason and take an ALCS lead in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Dodgers Go Up 3-0 on Cubs in NLCS
The Los Angeles Dodgers have wiped away any questions about their World Series hopes after they struggled in the final month of the regular season. The Dodgers remained perfect at 6-0 this postseason, taking a 3-0 NLCS lead on the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night with a 6-1 win at Wrigley Field. Yu Darvish struck out seven in 6.1 innings, while Chris Taylor had a key long ball in the win. Andre Ethier also went deep, as Kyle Hendricks surrendered both home runs, and gave up three runs in five innings for the Cubs. Taylor also added an RBI triple later on, as the Dodgers executed on the Cubs's two errors, as well as scoring on a passed ball against catcher Willson Contreras. Kyle Schwarber's first-inning home run was the only source of offense for the Cubs, who have been held to a combined four runs in the first three games of the series. They will send Jake Arrieta to the mound on Wednesday night, hoping to keep their season alive in what could be Arrieta's final start with the Cubs. The two home run hitters had big nights, as Taylor improved to 4-for-14 this series, while Ethier had two hits in his first start of the postseason. The veteran missed most of the season with a herniated lumbar disk. Alex Wood will get the start for the Dodgers, who will look to complete the sweep, which will lead to a five-day rest before the World Series.
Cavs Hold Off Celtics, Rockets Rally Past Warriors on Opening Night
It was an eventful, exciting, and emotional opening night for the NBA on Tuesday, beginning with the return of Kyrie Irving to Cleveland. Irving put up 22 points and 10 assists against his former team, as the Boston Celtics' rally fell short in a 102-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving received resounding boos at the beginning of the game, scored the first basket of the night, and then missed the potential tying three-pointer at the buzzer. LeBron James had 29 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists in the win for the Cavs, who led by as many as 18, but that may have been overshadowed by an unfortunate, gruesome injury. Just five minutes into the game, Gordon Hayward came down awkwardly on a rebound attempt and suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia. The former Utah Jazz star had just two points in his Boston debut and will undergo surgery on Wednesday, but there is no official timetable for his return. Following that, the Houston Rockets rallied on the road against the defending NBA Champs, edging the Golden State Warriors, 122-121. Houston rallied from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to get past Golden State, who dropped their second straight season opener at Oracle Arena. James Harden had 27 points, while Chris Paul had just four points and nine assists in his Houston debut. Trevor Ariza contributed to the Rockets' rally with 24 points, while PJ Tucker added 20, as the Rockets used a 9-0 run to close the gap in the fourth, Kevin Durant thought he had the game won for the Warriors, but his baseline jumper was reviewed and determined to be late and no good, sealing the win for Houston. One bright spot for Golden State was Nick Young, who scored 23 points off the bench in his team debut. Steph Curry finished with 22, while Durant had 20 for the Warriors, who will visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. Meanwhile, the Rockets get no rest, as they will play their second game Wednesday night in Sacramento against the Kings.